In education minister’s hometown, students say they are ready to sacrifice their future for Kashmir’s freedom, while the DC tells teachers, ‘I don’t know how, but ensure 100% attendance of students’
Bandipora: In the hometown of the education minister, school students assembled in the main town near the girls’ higher secondary school here to protest the government’s decision to hold Board exams in November this year.
“We are politically being victimised by the state government and they are using us as a bait to normalise the current unrest,” the students said.
The students held placards and banners which read, “Ready to sacrifice our future for Kashmir Freedom”, “Say no to exams, save children first”, and “Justice for Insha, Tufail Matoo, Wamiq Farooq”.
The students said that the government was insensitive to the situation in Kashmir. “The same government that is killing and blinding our young, how can it assure us of our security?” the students asked.
The students said that they will not appear in any exam unless the government takes measures for the resolution of Kashmir dispute.
“We warn Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Naeem Akhter that until the Kashmir cause is resolved, we will not appear in any exams,” the students said.
The students seemed very aggrieved at the killings of youth by government forces. Most of the placards sought justice for the boys and girls killed since the 2008 uprising.
While the students were protesting, the district administration held an educational conference with teachers, which was to be attended by the director school education but he instead went to a similar conference in Kothi Bagh, Srinagar.
Sources said that the Bandipora Deputy Commissioner told teachers to “ensure hundred percent attendance of students in the coming days.”
A teacher said that “the DC told us ‘I don’t know how’ but motivate the parents to send their wards to school.”
Deputy Commissioner Sajad Ganie said that he had commissioned “some inspection teams which will keep check on the schools to make sure they are acting on the ordered guidelines.”