Educational institutes to remain closed

SRINAGAR: All educational institutes, including schools and colleges, will remain closed for two more days as precautionary measure in Kashmir valley, though there was no strike called by the separatists.
Meanwhile, the Board of School Education (BOSE) has also postponed all examinations, which were scheduled to be held for two days from Tuesday in the valley.
The decision was taken as precautionary measure, in view of killing of three militants, including two locals — Eesa Fazli, resident of Srinagar and Syed Owais of Kokernag in Anantnag — in an encounter with security forces at village Hakoora of Anantnag, in the wee hours on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) said there will be no shutdown on Tuesday.
All schools, Higher Secondary Schools (HSS), colleges and Universities will remain closed on Tuesday and Wednesday as a precautionary measure, officials said.
The educational institutions, particularly up to the middle classes, opened only on Saturday after winter vacations. Though the schools were scheduled to reopen on last Monday after vacations, but due to security reasons, the government announced the closure of all educational institutions in the valley, including Srinagar.
The educational institutions were closed following the death of six persons, including two militants of Lashkher-e-Toiba (LeT) in an encounter at Shopian on March 4. This followed two strikes, called by the separatists against these killings and shifting of detenues to jails outside the valley.
Educational institutions also remained closed on Monday in most parts of south Kashmir, where schools and colleges were to reopen for the first time after winter vacations. However, the district administration of Shopian had already announced closure of educational institutions in some areas on Monday, also as precautionary measure.
The district administrations of Anantnag and Pulwama had also announced closure of educational institutions on Monday.