Winter Vacation In Kashmir Schools To Start Due To Seasonal Influenza
Srinagar, Nov 14(PK): In the chilly winter zones of Kashmir, schools are gearing up to start winter vacations earlier than usual. The ongoing seasonal influenza, coupled with a lack of heating arrangements, has led to a noticeable decrease in student attendance.
Teachers in these schools highlight the challenge, citing not only the harsh weather but also the prevalence of seasonal influenza among students. The absence of heating facilities is a major concern, with teachers expressing the belief that having such amenities could contribute to reducing illness among students.
Amidst these concerns, pediatricians at SKIMS-Soura reveal an alarming trend, noting a daily influx of around 150 cases of seasonal flu in minors.
To address the issue of heating, some government school teachers resort to conducting classes outdoors under the sunlight.
Suggestions have been made by educators for authorities to implement heating arrangements specifically for primary and upper primary students starting from the first week of November.
On a positive note, Alok Kumar, Principal Secretary of the School Education Department, acknowledges the situation. He reassures that the department is actively looking into the matter and will make a decision soon.
When questioned about the possibility of heating arrangements for primary level students, Kumar highlighted the logistical challenges due to the vast number of schools. He mentions that extreme cold conditions might lead to the closure of some schools for winter vacations if necessary.”
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