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Cold Wave Tightens Grip on Kashmir, Posing Challenges for Schoolchildren Amid Infrastructure Issues

Amid infra woes, school children shiver as cold wave grips Kashmir

Concerns have been raised regarding the potential health risks associated with prolonged exposure to low temperatures within school premises.

Srinagar, Nov 19: The abrupt onset of cold weather in Kashmir has made existing school problems worse as children are experiencing discomfort due to inadequate infrastructure in schools amid the prevailing cold period.

Over the past few days, the temperature at various places across Kashmir has plummeted below normal, leaving school children grappling with the bitter cold.
Despite the challenging conditions, the government has yet to announce any plans for winter vacations for school children particularly the lower classes, raising concern among the parents and other stakeholders alike.

As the mercury continues to dip, schools are facing a pressing issue with insufficient heating facilities, leaving classrooms and common areas unpleasantly cold.

Complaints are pouring in from all districts that school children are shivering in their classrooms, with students of more than one class crammed in one classroom due to the dearth of the adequate infrastructure in schools.

Parents are expressing growing frustration with the lack of action from authorities, emphasising the adverse impact on their children’s well-being and ability to focus on studies.

“The Director School Education Kashmir recently made a statement that they need to complete 220 academic days of the session. But it seems that he is not aware of the ground situation. The students are shivering in schools,” said Iqbal Ahmad Najar, a parent from Baramulla whose kids are enrolled in a government school.
“During the enrollment drive, the department claimed to provide best facilities to children in schools but the real situation is contrary to those claims. Our children are suffering,” he said. (GK)

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