Primary, middle schools to open on March 16

KL Report

SRINAGAR

As schools till 8th standard in Kashmir are reopening on March 16 amid the swine- flu threat, authorities Saturday said they have taken all measures to ensure the safety of the students.

Parents earlier had raised concern over the safety of their children saying the government is exposing them to the worst situation to get infected. “All we want to ensure the parents who are sending their kids to school from March 16 is that the department has taken all safety measures in hand before declaring schools open for children,” said Director Education Kashmir Showkat Ahmad Beigh.

He added that the directorate has held detailed meetings  with the health experts of the state and ensured do’s and don’ts to protect children from getting exposed to the deadly disease. “We are equally concerned for the school children as much as are their parents. We will not take any decision that would endanger the lives of our students. Safety is our prime concern and we have taken all the required steps,” Director said.

He maintained that the department on the suggestions of the medicos has decided to avoid morning assembly in schools besides keeping close vigil over the children. “We have directed all our teachers to monitor the health of every student in the class so that if any kid has cough or cold be taken care of and his mingling with other students be avoided,” he said.

Parents earlier were up in arms against the decision of the government to throw open the school saying the swine flu disease which has taken toll in the state must not attack the school going kids.

Earlier, the coaching centers here had also called off their classes citing the threat of the deadly virus as a major reason.

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