SRINAGAR: All the Class 10 students who studied at what came to be known as a resistance school in Rainawari area of downtown Srinagar have passed the board exam with flying colours.
Locals of the Hasnabad area in Rainawari started the school in a mosque and seminary after the 2016 Burhan-triggered anti-India uprising shut all mainstream schools. The school worked for nearly four months and taught about 500 students from the first to twelfth standard. The school was the people’s way of continuing their defiance of the government and all its efforts to coerce people to surrender.
Khalid Abbas, the manager and volunteer at the school, told Kashmir Reader that 46 tenth-standard students who used to come from various parts of the Valley appeared in the Class 10 Board examination held last year.
“Of them we have been able to know results of 41students, all of whom have qualified the exam. The five students whose details could not be accessed may have qualified the exams too — three of them were brilliant and two average students,” Khalid said.
Of the 41 students, Syed Zainab, a student of the Tibetan school in downtown, scored 9.6 points. The second-highest marks went to Khazra, who scored 9.3 points, Khalid informed.
“More than 10 students have scored above 70 percent,” Khalid said.
Faiza, one of the students who studied at the school, had told Kashmir Reader that it was a good learning experience as one teacher taught only one subject, unlike at her school where different subjects were taught by the same teacher.
At the volunteer-run school, graduates taught students of classes 1-5 and post-graduates taught students of classes 6-10. Among the 50 volunteer teachers, four were serving professors and one was the principal of a government degree college. The professors taught science, commerce and arts to students of Class 11 and 12 and also to undergraduate students. Volunteers who had BSc, BA or BCom degrees taught students under tenth standard. The school was closed after the government announced exam dates and the resistance leaders called off their weeklong protest calendars.