SRINAGAR: Education minister Syed Altaf Bukhari on Wednesday defended the students’ right to stage protests but asked them to express their resentment within the confines of schools without hitting streets. He said no teacher has backed the recent student unrest and there was no proposal to identify any teacher in this regard.
“I admit that accesses did happen in Pulwama Degree College,” Bukhari said on the sidelines at the education conclave in Srinagar. “I have no problem if students protest within the campus. If they do it outside the campus, violence erupts and creates law and order problem. They should attend the classes and then protest”, he said.
The education minister said that those students who will be short of attendance will not be allowed to write exams.
“We are not planning any mass promotions. Neither shall we give any concession in the syllabus,” he said while warning the protesting students.
He said that government has not charged the students neither booked them under Public Safety Act (PSA).
“If any student is booked under PSA which is not under my knowledge, people should immediately contact me,” Bukhari said. He said there were no reports that any teacher has been identified for backing street protests of the students.
“There is no question of going against any teacher,” he said.
The student protest in Kashmir has become a regular feature in the aftermath of assault of forces on Degree College Pulwama on April 19 which left 150 students injured. Even if the government held forces responsible for the assault, transferred the police officials, the students continue to hit the streets across the length and breadth of Kashmir.
Concerned over the protests of students, the Goverenor NN Vohra held several meetings with the top education officials in the government.