Re-opening of schools comes after the Indian government loosened a communication lockdown in the disputed region.
Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – Nearly a million students in Indian-administered Kashmir have attended classes for the first time in almost seven months.
The schools’ reopening on Monday marked an end to a lengthy break that began in August 2019, when the Indian government imposed a security and communications lockdown in the Muslim-majority region, and was later followed by the annual three-month winter vacation.
Last week, authorities in Kashmir announced, for the third time in recent months, the resumption of classes as the security situation remains under control and weather conditions have improved.
“I am very happy to be here,” 19-year-old Muskan Yaqoob said, on her first day studying commerce in class 12.
“I was very eager to come,” added Yaqoob, who last attended school on August 3. “At home, there was nothing to do; even concentrating on studies was difficult.”
This article originally appeared on AL JAZEERA NEWS