Make Kashmiri a compulsory subject: KLU

Make Kashmiri a compulsory subject: KLU
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Itifaq Lone

SRINAGAR: Kashmiri Language Union Jammu and Kashmir staged a protest demonstration at press enclave here on Wednesday demanding Kashmiri subject be made compulsory.
The protesters said Kashmiri subject must be made compulsory at secondary level in government and private schools of the state. They also demanded creation of Rehbar-e-Zuban scheme on the pattern of Rehber-e-Taleem.
The unemployed qualified Kashmiri language aspirants chanted slogans in Kashmiri language.
“Kashmiri as a subject is not taught in the educational institutions despite the official orders from the administration,” Sofi Hilal Fayaz, Union General Secretary said. “If our mother tongue is ignored at root level then we Kashmiris would soon lose our civilisation.”
He added, “Despite the fact that via order number 652-Edu of 2013 dated 26-06-2013 conveyed by SDP vide number Edu/SDP/RMSA/2013 DATED 13-12-2013 the Kashmiri subject was supposed to be taught at secondary level in government and private schools of the state. But teaching of this subject is claimed to be neglected on the root level.”
He said in the recent past, government has ordered “via order number 333-Edu of 2017 dated 19-06-2017” to implement Kashmiri, Dogri and Bodhi as compulsory sixth subjects in the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
“But we examine, by school to school checkups, that Kashmiri is not being taught in any school till date despite the government orders,” Fayaz said.
The protesters demanded the implementation of Kashmiri subject at the earliest. They threatened of going for further strike if the demand is not met.