Selin ATAY-TDO- In the midst of looming uncertainty and a coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, schools in Indian-administered Kashmir have remained closed for a year, bringing education of children in Kashmir to a standstill.

Parents and teachers stated that students have difficulties to focus on studies after a yearlong shutdown.

According to data realized by government, Jammu and Kashmir region has more than 2.5 million students with more than 10,000 schools.

Last year, education suffered a major blow when regional administration closed schools on August 4 in the run up to a decision by the Indian government to strip limited autonomy of the region.

The move was backed with a strict military and communication blockade while great majority of residents were detained under arbitrary detentions.

After a partial lifting of lockdown restrictions in November, classes resumed briefly on February 24. But then paused indefinitely because of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

The regional government in a recent order said schools will remain closed until at least August 31 because of a spike in virus infections and deaths related to coronavirus. However, it is unclear when classes would resume.

Also, strict restrictions were imposed in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, as the day marked the first anniversary of India’s decision of revoking the seven-decade-long semi-autonomous status of the Himalayan region.

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