Srinagar: While the state government has launched a sustained campaign to re-open schools in Kashmir, an association of private schools has come down heavily on attempts by “certain quarters” to politicize the education and linking their opening or closing as an indicator of normalcy. The association has blamed the state government for unleashing reign of terror in the valley by targeting and killing students.
Kashmir Private Schools Association (KPSA) chairman Ghulam Nabi Var in a statement said that on one hand government is continuously killing people, majority of them students, and on the other hand it is ordering them to resume their classes.
“The government is blaming resistance camp for closing schools but the reality is that it is the government forces that have unleashed war on citizens. Resistance camp didn’t kill any student and it is the government forces that have killed dozens of students and injured thousands,” Var said.
“Not to be content with killing students they have killed teachers too and vandalised and destroyed school properties. Hundreds of our students have been targeted with pellets,” he added.
Citing the example of 11-year-old Nasir Shafi Qazi, a student of Greenlight School Nishat, the Association said Nasir was one of the gentlest students of the school who was killed in cold blood.
“He was just a child. He was not involved in any stone pelting and government forces didn’t spare him too. What is the guarantee that lakhs of our students will be safe in case schools are resumed,” said Var. “In Shopian, government forces unleashed such a terror on civilians that class VII student Khushboo died of cardiac arrest. Students are not safe in their homes. How can they be secure in schools?” he asked.
The Association said that government forces are creating nightmare situation for students wherein nobody is safe. “Be it Home Ministry or Police, everybody is stating that schools will open and normalcy will return. Why can’t you provide us cordial atmosphere and not vice versa,” said Var.
“Our students, teachers and schools are part of the society. We are equally suffering,” he said.
The Association dismissed the government assertion that an education session is lost and children are pushed to dark times. “It is the government which is contributing the most to the situation. If they are sincere just remove the curbs on internet for our schools and we will cover 80 percent of our syllabus with the help of smart classes and we will share the same with every student including of government schools,” said Var.
“We have means and options to educate our children in our homes too but it is government that is blocking every avenue,” he added.
The Association said that resuming of schools is insignificant as any loss is easily recoverable. In 90’s we lost multiple sessions in succession and still our generation got education and at many places excelled by huge margins.