All government and private schools across Kashmir re-opened on Tuesday after more than two months of winter vacations, with teachers in many institutes welcoming children with sweets.
Dressed in colorful uniforms, students from KG to higher secondary classes were seen going to their institutes in their school buses or with their parents.
"I am happy today. I saw my friends after three months. We played a lot in the school," said a Class 5th student of New Era Public School at Rajbgah here.
The senior students were seen greeting each other with smiles while the new entrants felt themselves curious in the hustle and bustle, a teacher at the School said.
There was a considerable increase in traffic rush as school buses plied on their respective routes.
The government had announced winter vacations in all schools of Kashmir division and those in winter zones of Jammu in December last year.
Interestingly, the Director School Education Kashmir—in his letter to teachers—had asked them to create an "air of festivity in the schools" as the institutes reopen on Tuesday. The first week consequently has to be dedicated for playing, fun and less studies.
"For first three days (after schools reopen) we should make small groups of children who will share their winter experiences. Let them write small paragraphs on memories of winter in a language of their choice," the DSEK has asked the teachers.
Meanwhile in many government-run schools, the students were given sweets by their teachers while interaction sessions were also held.
"We held an interaction session with the students of Class 11 and Class 12 and asked them to talk about their aims," said a teacher at Government Girls Higher Secondary School Rajbagh.
"We have asked the teachers to make the students comfortable during the first week and allow them to speak and read," Director of School Education, Dr Shah Faesal said.
There are around 11766 government and 2610 private schools in Kashmir with a total enrollment of 933025 and 589734 students respectively.