Srinagar: Opposition parties and pro-freedom leaders both came down heavily on Education Minister Altaf Bukhari for ordering the closure of all tuition centres for school students for 90 days. Terming the order as “revengeful”, they said the government was trying to make “scapegoats” out of coaching centres.
Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani said on Monday that the move illustrates the government’s “egoistic” approach. He accused the state administration of following the RSS agenda and said this “dictatorial” order was aimed at ruining the future of students.
“All orders are being issued from Nagpur. The government is pushing the youth to the wall,” said Geelani.
Talking to Kashmir Reader, Hurriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, “It is a revengeful policy against youth. Earlier the government had snatched the eyesight of youth by using pellet guns, and now they are snatching their education.”
He said that students are angry at the government’s oppression and are being given no space to protest.
National Conference (NC) Provincial President, Nasir Aslam Wani, said that the government is making “scapegoats” out of coaching centres. “Everybody knows that the students are protesting in colleges and higher secondary schools, so ordering the closure of coaching centres makes no sense,” he said. “Instead of punishing people right and left, the government should take appropriate steps so that the students won’t come on roads,” he added.
Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Mohammad Yasin Malik said that the same government that in 2016 was giving moral lectures on education is now closing down all centres of education.
Malik said that the PDP should categorically tell their reality to the world.
Vice President of the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee, Ghulam Nabi Monga, called the order a revengeful act that would further worsen the situation.
The J&K Muslim League, which is led by Masarat Alam Bhat, termed the education minister’s order as an endorsement of the government’s “failures”.
The ML spokesperson in a statement said, “This government has failed on every front. Threatening students by closing tuition centres will yield nothing but disaster.”
He appealed to students to empower themselves with knowledge, so that “our freedom struggle passes on to the educated citizens”.
The Muslim League led by Mushtaq-ul-Islam termed the education minister’s order as unwise and uncalled for. “The announcement carries no sense,” Islam said.