The unrest in Kashmir has brought life to a standstill for every one stuck in the quagmire of militancy. The greatest toll which this civil strife has taken is over the students. With the annual board exams stated for next month, there is uncertainty over the performance of students in a region undergoing one of its worst crisis since militancy begin.
The newly created students body and other students’ groups are demanding an immediate deferment of exams. The students of Kashmir are already on the streets and protests has started across Kashmir for postponement of exams. It was the government notification announcing the date for Class X and Class XII which is at the root of the entire commotion.
After Burhan Vani’s encounter by the security forces, the entire region came to boil and the ensuing unrest had brought life to stagnancy. The 100-day curfew which followed the unrest, later aggravated by the military crack down including Uri attacks turned the matter for worse. All these factors have left at least 91 civilians dead with 14000 injured and another 7000 detained to bring life to normalcy in the valley.
Commenting on the exams, Danish, a student from Class XII in Srinagar stated, “Many students were confined to their homes due to the situation of the last three months. They need time to cover the whole syllabus. If they don’t, they may fall behind in percentages which will impact their eligibility for appearing in various competitive exams. This way, the careers of students will take a hit in the long run.”
His classmate Najeeb added, “Our sessions began in March 2016. We have covered just forty percent of the syllabus. Our internal practical exams are pending. We are not in a position to qualify for the examinations.”
According to Syed Tajamul, president of All Jammu and Kashmir Students Union (AJKSU), “There is a political uncertainty. Schools and colleges remain closed. Students were not able to attend even their tuition due to curfew and hartal. In such situation, how can students prepare for the exam in a short span of time.” According to him, the state government was trying to politicize the issue and such a move would ruin the student’s future.
On students being prepared he added, “Students are not only unprepared academically, dozens of them across the nook and corner of the Valley are reportedly injured during the present turmoil in Kashmir.”
Anti-exam protest has erupted in Baramulla in north Kashmir, Shopian, Pulwama and Anantnag in south and Ganderbal in central Kashmir. Now the protests have reached the capital Srinagar as well.