Kashmir Paradox And Anxious Students 

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Mohammad Yaqoob

Junaid Ahmad a student of class 10th, have always topped in class since he joined primary school.  But due to political uncertainty in Jammu and Kashmir, after the central government revoked state’s special status on August 5, his studies have gone through lots of setbacks.

Ghulam Nabi, father of Junaid, said that his son is not willing to appear in the board examination as he was not able to complete his syllabus. He feared that his son is going through depression.

“I am very much anxious about my son’s deteriorating health due to the stress of lagging back in studies,” he said.

Students have suffered a lot after restrictions were imposed in every part of the valley, and communications blocked.  After restrictions were eased, a spontaneous shutdown has continued. There have been no class work since August 5 and students were not able to access internet.

From secondary school to university level, students were not able to complete their assigned syllabus while the authorities have announced exams for higher classes and assignments up-to middle standard. This has increased stress level among students.

Masrat Jaan, mother of two school going children, said that her elder daughter, who studies in 6th standard spend her time watching T.V serials as she lost interest in her studies owing to prevailing situation.

“My daughters are studious students but nowadays they only play games on mobile phone as these gadgets, have turned devices of amusement for children, than a communicating device,” she said.

To kill time and reduce stress, some students are seen playing carom and other indoor games, though some play cricket in nearby residential lanes that too after the authorities eased restrictions.

Sheikh Mashood, a student of class 7th of Iqra educational Institute Bemina said, “Due to restrictions and than a spontaneous lockdown for two and half months, we suffered a lot in education, we lost interest in studies as there were rumors of war being spread over different medias.”

“We were habitual of studying on internet and YouTube along with school tuitions. Initially, school authorities ordered us to prepare for exams of U3 and T2 simultaneously, which put students under lot of stress. We felt a sigh of relief when we were given home assignments,” he said.

Student were expecting mass promotion as earlier state government had given mass promotion up to 9th class in  2016  when top Hizb commander Burhan Muzzaffar Wani was killed  which led to a prolonged  unrest for consecutive six months.

Farooq Khan, an advisor to the Governer Satya Pal Malik, told media persons recently that there will be no deduction in assignment (syllabus) to students who are supposed to appear in board examinations. He said that they have to complete syllabus despite these prevailing situations in valley as students are future of the state.

“We cannot compromise on quality of education and students efficiency. I am very confident that our students are able to do that despite the current situation”.

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