Photos: Burnt to protest Burhan Wani’s death, Kashmir’s schools still charred

At least 37 schools set alight by unidentified people in October 2016 when the Kashmir was rocked by months-long street protests after security forces gunned down militant commander Burhan Wani on July 8. But nearly a year after the arson, the buildings are yet to be repaired.

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After their schools were burnt by unidentified men during protests over Burhan Wani’s killing, Kashmiri students struggle to study in classrooms with broken roofs and windows, blackened walls; the government is yet to complete the reconstruction and repair work. (Neelam Pandey / HT Photo)

After their schools were burnt by unidentified men during protests over Burhan Wani’s killing, Kashmiri students struggle to study in classrooms with broken roofs and windows, blackened walls; the government is yet to complete the reconstruction and repair work. (Neelam Pandey / HT Photo)

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At least 37 schools were set afire by unidentified people in October 2016 when the Kashmir was rocked by months-long protests after security forces gunned down militant commander Burhan Wani on July 8. At least 100 people, most of them civilians, were killed as a result. Many children were blinded, some in both eyes, by pellets fired by security forces. The arson that accompanied the protests destroyed schools and other government buildings in Kashmir. (Neelam Pandey / HT Photo)

At least 37 schools were set afire by unidentified people in October 2016 when the Kashmir was rocked by months-long protests after security forces gunned down militant commander Burhan Wani on July 8. At least 100 people, most of them civilians, were killed as a result. Many children were blinded, some in both eyes, by pellets fired by security forces. The arson that accompanied the protests destroyed schools and other government buildings in Kashmir. (Neelam Pandey / HT Photo)

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The government estimates the loss of education infrastructure to be Rs 10 crore. Apart from the physical losses, the educational institutions functioned only for 80 out of 197 working days. Education minister Altaf Bukhari said students whose schools were damaged are being imparted classes from rented buildings. But nearly a year after the arson, the buildings are yet to be repaired. (Neelam Pandey / HT Photo)

The government estimates the loss of education infrastructure to be Rs 10 crore. Apart from the physical losses, the educational institutions functioned only for 80 out of 197 working days. Education minister Altaf Bukhari said students whose schools were damaged are being imparted classes from rented buildings. But nearly a year after the arson, the buildings are yet to be repaired. (Neelam Pandey / HT Photo)

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In August, the Jammu and Kashmir high court directed the government to complete the process of providing funds for reconstruction and repairing of the damaged schools within four weeks. The psychological wounds haven’t healed either. ‘It is inhuman to have students study in the same building where they are constantly reminded of the fact that an attempt was made to burn it. The least the government can do is to repair it,’ said a government school teacher in Batengoo, Anantnag district. (Neelam Pandey / HT Photo)

In August, the Jammu and Kashmir high court directed the government to complete the process of providing funds for reconstruction and repairing of the damaged schools within four weeks. The psychological wounds haven’t healed either. ‘It is inhuman to have students study in the same building where they are constantly reminded of the fact that an attempt was made to burn it. The least the government can do is to repair it,’ said a government school teacher in Batengoo, Anantnag district. (Neelam Pandey / HT Photo)

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The trauma apart, the sheer logistical nightmare of cramping hundreds of students into a few remaining rooms have become a nightmare for teachers and school administrations. ‘Imagine studying in the same premises where you can see blackened walls and broken roofs. What impact will it have on the young minds?’ the teacher added, seeking anonymity. (Neelam Pandey / HT Photo)

The trauma apart, the sheer logistical nightmare of cramping hundreds of students into a few remaining rooms have become a nightmare for teachers and school administrations. ‘Imagine studying in the same premises where you can see blackened walls and broken roofs. What impact will it have on the young minds?’ the teacher added, seeking anonymity. (Neelam Pandey / HT Photo)

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At the Batengoo school, eight of the 14 classrooms were gutted. With the government yet to provide aid, school authorities used school funds and financial help of the chief education officer to repair two rooms. Four bigger rooms were divided to create separate classrooms. The situation is worse at the Kabamarg school. At least 10 classrooms were gutted and 20 partially burnt when the arsonists stuck, school officials told HT. All equipment, including sports material, were gutted.

At the Batengoo school, eight of the 14 classrooms were gutted. With the government yet to provide aid, school authorities used school funds and financial help of the chief education officer to repair two rooms. Four bigger rooms were divided to create separate classrooms. The situation is worse at the Kabamarg school. At least 10 classrooms were gutted and 20 partially burnt when the arsonists stuck, school officials told HT. All equipment, including sports material, were gutted.

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For students, the problems are more than just having less space.Last year, the students were forced to sit for their annual exams in November despite schools remaining closed for months and only 50% of their syllabus completed.’My mother is always concerned whenever I return late from school after the incident. Nothing is safe now. Schools were never targeted earlier but even that has started now,’ said Umer, a class 8 student of the school at Kabamar. (Neelam Pandey / HT Photo)

For students, the problems are more than just having less space.Last year, the students were forced to sit for their annual exams in November despite schools remaining closed for months and only 50% of their syllabus completed.’My mother is always concerned whenever I return late from school after the incident. Nothing is safe now. Schools were never targeted earlier but even that has started now,’ said Umer, a class 8 student of the school at Kabamar. (Neelam Pandey / HT Photo)

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