SRINAGAR: Some eager students have been attending colleges and schools to write examinations and occasionally attending class work despite repeated announcements by the provincial authorities to close down the educational institutions.
The government has been shutting down colleges and higher secondary school as “precautionary measure” to avoid protests by students. Students across Kashmir hit the streets on April 17 against innocent killings and high handedness of police in Government Degree College Pulwama on April 15. The protests did not show any let up and instead spread to remote areas like Kupwara, Handwara, Sopore and Budgam.
The educational institutions were again closed after sponstaerous protests erupted last weekend following killing of Hizbul Mujahideen Commander, Sabzar Ahmad Bhat in Tral area.
However, some students continued to attend their colleges despite official announcements on closure of the institutions. Students of one of the government colleges in Srinagar said that they have been attending some classes despite the lockdown.
Shaziya, a postgraduate chemistry student said that they attend college because their academic schedule works with University of Kashmir. “We come here on our own because our exams will be conducted on time by Kashmir University and there students are less affected as compared to us,” she said.
Afreen, a 4th semester PG student said, “We have attended 13 classes from 15th of May when our 4th semester started.” She said that their teachers call them on phone to come to the classes.
Ahmer, a student of Bachelors in Information and Technology has come to college to appear in his examination. “Last year we couldn’t appear in 5th semester exams because of the uprising but today we have to appear because we don’t want more delay in the completion of our degree.”
Teachers say that they have been teaching students whenever they come to college.
Mushtaq Ahmed, a lab assistant said that the students can’t be barred from going into classes, “Government orders of closing the education institutions have further disturbed the functioning of education institutions. The students come and attend classes. Moreover we provide them all the facilities in college,” he said.
Bashir Ahmed, another teacher said teachers will be taking extra classes to complete the syllabus. “This is the option for us to hold extra classes which will compensate the loss and also help them to gain the required 90 percent attendance.”
Some students were seen in higher secondary school also. A teacher wishing anonymity said, “Government has been closing education institutions whereas private schools are open. Private schools’ students are learning and students of government schools are left to suffer. This is the bad example the government is setting,” he said.