SRINAGAR: Students’ protests against the conducting of examinations at this juncture of the freedom movement are drawing support from students throughout the Valley. On Saturday, students protested at the Press Enclave in Srinagar near the Lal Chowk, accusing the state education ministry of being “blind to the situation.”
Several groups of students including a separate group of girl students assembled at the Press Enclave and chanted anti-government slogans. The students held up placards and banners that read, “Exam boycott till K-issue is resolved”, “Wake up UNO chief Ban Ki-moon”, “Wake up world against Indian atrocities against unarmed Kashmiris.”
The students told reporters that the state education ministry was “blind to the situation” and instead of worrying over exams it should try bring back the eyesight of students who are unable to read and write because of being hit in the eye by pellets.”
“We are ready for exams but not without mates maimed and blinded by Indian forces,” many students said.
“We will not sit in exams without Insha and Yasir. We will not appear in tests without our friends who have been rendered blind by the government forces,” the students said.
Students also protested at Parray Pora and took to the streets announciung that they will not appear in examinations till Kashmir is free. The students at Parray Pora raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans and carried placards. Police had to disperse them by some force, reports said.
Sahiba Jan, one of the protesting students at Parray Pora, said that on the one side the government is has announced dates for examinations but on the other hand it has allowed troops to occupy schools. “This speaks volumes of the double standards of our system,” she said.
Similar student protests were reported from north Kashmir on Saturday, with students protesting in Bandipora and Sopore saying they will not appear in the Board examinations in November this year.
—With inputs from ISHFAQ RESHI