It is proving to be an uphill task for the teaching community of Pulwama district to stop students from joining the ongoing protests.
Students from various educational institutions here have been taking to streets since April 15 after the police raid on Government Boys Degree College Pulwama and the subsequent clashes in which around 50 students were injured.
Eyewitnesses said that the students of Mehjoor Memorial Higher Secondary (MMHS) School situated at Chatapora have taken a lead in these protests as they clash with Jammu and Kashmir Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
An employee of MMHS school said that the principal of the institution and teachers have been regularly counselling students to focus on their education. He said that the counselling is done in the morning assembly as well during classes.
“The teachers are feeling disappointed after their attempts to counsel students result in pro-freedom sloganeering,” he said.
“The students are paying a deaf ear to their pleas.” They often bunk classes and take to streets.”
A class 11th student of MMHS said that they protest against detention of their classmates. He said, “Four of our classmates were detained by police few days ago, we are protesting for their release. Also, students detained from other educational institutions should also be set free.”
Imtiyaz Ahmad, a teacher from Government Higher Secondary School Newa said that they counsel students on a daily basis. “We tell them what is good and what is bad. They show they are listening to us attentively but our counselling is bearing no fruits as the students are getting swayed by the wave that Kashmir is facing these days.”
He said that we can calm the students momentarily but it is situation that is deciding how they want to behave.
A police official on conditions of anonymity said that around 16 students were detained and all of them have been released.
He said that they conveyed to heads of various educational institutions to intensify counselling of students so that they don’t create law and order problem.
A couple of days ago Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, N N Vohra, had also appealed to the heads of educational institutions to calm down the students by counselling them to focus on their academics.