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Almost 100 schools under thick snow in Kupwara, off limits for students, teachers

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By Tasaduq Hussain 

Kupwara: Almost 100 educational institutions in Kupwara district are still under a thick blanket of snow. Some have not been opened yet while many have witnessed low attendance due to difficulty in reaching the schools. 

Official sources said that, areas like, Badnambal, Jumgand, Machil, Hafrada, Nowgam Sector Handwara and  Kumkadi have witnessed almost over five feet of snow.
“The areas have not been cleared of snow accumulation, not even roads. The education department has kept its eyes closed as students are not able to go to schools,” a local said.
They raised questions about the working of the education department which had extended the winter vacations before opening of schools.
“The callous approach of the authorities has only added to people’s plight. They ought to have asked there teachers who were asked to report to duties earlier about the conditions of the schools,” they said.
Sources inside education department told INS that students in Keran and Karnah sector are the ‘worst sufferers since the vehicular movement on roads to these areas is closed due to massive accumulation’.
They also said that Higher secondary school Karihama, which is only four kilometers away from kupwara Headquarters has a narrow pathway and students are yet to come to school.
“The area is also within dense forests.”
Chief Education Officer, Kupwara, Shafi Nabi War said that they have raised the issues with the district administration.
“Many of our schools in far off places across district kupwara have witnessed thin attendance of students or teachers due to snow accumulation,” War said, adding that they are mulling to arrange classwork at different places for such schools.
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