Chief Minister Mehbooba and her cabinet colleagues are facing hard time to restore the lost glory of government-run schools. While the former Director Education, Kashmir, Dr Shah Faesal was transferred during the peak of controversy after his remakes that he was a director of the “shut schools.” The remarks made by the Minister for Education, Naeem Akhter too left the resistance camp fuming, which led Laskhar to issue threat warrant against the Education Minister. The remarks made by this key person in education sector snowballed into major controversy. Now when the Track II delegation led by Mr Yashwant Sinha meets the stakeholders in Jammu Kashmir including Chairman Hurriyat (G) Syed Ali Geelani to discuss future strategies, restoring education comes as a big blow. With the resistance camp headed by the Hurriyat (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani extending the protest calendar, there is serious concern growing among the stakeholders on restoring the lost sheen to the educational sector. All of us are and must be concerned for the education of the children of the restive Kashmir valley. There can be no two opinions that education of children should disquiet all of us. The practice of annual examinations should not be done away with in the interest of growth and development of the students. While Kashmir is under curfews and restrictions, the educational institutions in Jammu are gearing for making welcoming the Kashmiri students to their institutions. The education shouldn’t be brought under the ambit of the politics, which would ruin our children. No politician- weather pro-India or pro-Pakistan or any militant organisation shouldn’t target the education as part of any “big game plan.” If the resistance camp doesn’t have any alternative to the hartal model of the protest, they should also devise a mechanism to reach out to the students of their nation. If one is issuing the protest roaster, urging all, especially youngsters to come out and protest against what they call as the Indian atrocities and occupation, they should try to be bold enough to exert themselves in the government and give some peace to the students. What happens when a student is forced to sit in the examination or come to the school, college or University, the sense of uncertainty grows manifold. The examinations cannot be held in stifling and suffocating atmosphere and agonized situations. For sitting in the examination, a student at least needs to be at peace with himself, which in the given scenario has been missing. With the State undergoing massive uprising from past over 111 days, more than seventy per cent of the population has been experiencing the worst ever situation. There is a high time that a popular slogan, School Chale Hum, resonates across the lanes and by-lanes of Kashmir valley.
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