Punjab Border Area Schools To Reopen


Chandigarh: From Wednesday, it is back to their own school for more than 1.69 lakh students in the border villages falling within 10 km radius of the international border with Pakistan.

The decision to reopen the schools from Wednesday came after a substantial numbers of villagers refused to move out if their homes despite evacuation orders, while those who left have decided to return to their homes. The Punjab government has ordered that schools in the border belt of the state would reopen from on Wednesday.

“All schools in border belt will open from Wednesday. These had been had been closed due to security reasons,” Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema said.

All schools, which were situated within the border area of 10 km from the international border with Pakistan, had been ordered closed on Thursday last week following the Indian Army’s surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) to destroy terror launch pads or staging areas.

“This decision has been taken keeping in mind that the students are in the midst of the academic session and that their studies are being affected,” Mr Cheema said.