Students’ Plight and Miseries

Students’ Plight and Miseries
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It is appalling even to state that students in Kashmir had to sit for and write their exams in darkness and under cold, wintry conditions without any heating arrangements. This is despite the fact that the JKBOSE, the department that also administers exams makes a handsome amount in and through assorted student’s fees. In the least, students’ lives could have been made slightly easier by providing basic amenities and facilities that are needed, especially at and around this time of the year. It amounts to stating the obvious that students’ lives in Kashmir are not easy for an n number of reasons. These include, bluntly put, bad and poor teaching, abysmally poor infrastructure, hard and soft, and other related issues that make for an onerous burden on students. All these issues, in combination, not only constitute a mere burden for students but also affect their performance levels, efficiency and effectiveness. Impaired performance and efficiency, in turn, affects negatively the life chances of students which, in a hypercompetitive world, can only be alarmingly deleterious. Students form the crucible and future of society. If their life chances are affected and impaired at a delicate time of their lives, then this casts a negative shadow and imprimatur for the rest of their lives. There are both individual as well as social costs entailed here. Individually, students cannot or are not able to perform effectively and up to their potential and live poor functional lives. As a consequence, society, social and public good suffers rendering society poorer( in the expansive sense of the term), in the process. For the sake of our future, that is, our students, and for society, at large, this insalubrious trend needs to be reversed. For this to happen, the entire gamut of the educational supply chain and delivery needs to be revamped and rejigged in ways that redound to the benefit of students. Both hard and soft infrastructure must be redeveloped and reconstituted along modern, effective and efficient lines. This should and must be overlaid by effective teaching and pedagogy that equip students with not only academic but also life skills. All in all comprehensive reform is the urgent need of the hour which can only happen if there is will and sincerity. A good starting point would be to make effective use of extant facilities and make students’ lives easier say, by having heating and lighting facilities in exam centres.!