Calling students ‘rowdies’ unacceptable: Er Rasheed

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‘Revok ban on coaching centres’

SRINAGAR: Appealing education minister Altaf Bukhari to reconsider his decision to close tuition centres in valley, Awami Itihad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate Er Rasheed on Sunday termed the move as unjustified.
In a statement, Rasheed said while education minister has always been showing keen interest in bringing the derailed education system back to track but his decision to shut down coaching centres in Kashmir Valley seems an “action of revenge” against the student community who were “well within their limits” to protest against Kuthua incident .
“It is strange that on one hand, education minister appeals students to return to class work but on the other hand, issues orders depriving them of using coaching centres to improve their talent and skill,” MLA Langate said. “Bukhari needs to keep in mind that J&K is one state and in all the competitive exams the merit has to be considered at state level, thus allowing coaching centres in Jammu and Ladakh to function but banning them in Kashmir will certainly have huge impact on the outcome of academic and professional examinations.”
AIP president said government needs to be reminded that students are not “rowdies” and such words don’t suit the stature of education minister.
“No doubt students must focus on education and attend class work but the failure of government at the very initial stage to deal with Kathua rape and murder case led situation to a point where everyone is worried about the fate of the case and sincerity of the present government,” Rasheed said. “Even if a single student wants to attend a coaching centre or a class room, he cannot be denied the right.”
“Rather seeking cooperation from students, parents and society to ensure functioning of institutions, government has issued a dictatorial order and if implemented will have dire consequences on the future of Kashmiri children,” the independent MLA said.
Rasheed added that government must withdraw the order without any excuse and delay as it debars Kashmiri students of using equal opportunities to compete with their colleagues in Jammu.