Timely Tests

November 17, 2016 0 Comments EDITORIAL 179 Views
Timely Tests

With the Kashmir valley going into turbulent times, a lot has been happening in the crisis-hit valley on many fronts, be it education, politics or social and economic sectors. The examinations for class 10th and 12th finally commenced across the region amid high tension. According to official figures around 98 per cent students have opted to sit in the tests. There has been an attempt by some elements to link the conduct of examinations to return of normality. The people of Kashmir, it needs to be made clear, also want return of peace and normality but the goal cannot be achieved by taking unwilling students to the examination centres. The separatist leaders, who a spearheading the ongoing agitation in the Valley after killing of 21-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8, on have finally announced full day breaks in shutdown on November 19 and 20. They urged people to use exclusively public transport on the two days to support the transport community. It would be after 133 days of continued shutdown that there would be two full days relaxation in the strike and shops and business establishments would open for the day and public transport ply on roads on November 19 and 20. Kashmir has been observing shutdown and unrest since July 9, a day after killing of Burhan and two of his associated in an encounter with forces in South Kashmir. The authorities have to take appropriate measures for achieving that objective. However, the conduct of examinations must have come as a relief to many. The people also cooperated with the authorities to ensure smooth conduct of examinations. However, the authorities still seem clueless about examinations for primary and middle classes. The private schools have declared provisional mass promotion to pave way for new admissions. People by and large believe that it is a step in the right direction. However, the government decision is awaited to promote the lower class students to new classes. The government decision in this regard must come immediately to relieve the students and their parents of perpetual anxiety. Remember, the 2014 floods caused massive devastation across Kashmir. A number of school buildings also got damaged. Valuable infrastructure was lost. That time also the government had to finally announce mass promotion for lower classes, but the announcement came late in March 2015. This time the government should not delay it. If the decision comes now, the students can prepare for the new session during the winters. Last time the government also toyed with the idea of winter schooling but had to abandon the idea for obvious reasons. This year Kashmir is witnessing severe cold and the temperatures are running two to three degrees below normal. The examinees have blamed the authorities of failure in providing adequate heating arrangements in the examination centres.

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