Srinagar: Student groups continued their protests Monday urging concerned authorities to postpone exams of 10th and 12th class, scheduled in November until March 2017.
A number of students from different colleges and schools who arrived here said that government is hell-bent to ruin their career. “Despite knowing the ground reality, the government especially the Education Minister has been thrusting these exams upon us. We haven’t completed our syllabus and even we didn’t attend our classes since July,” the protesting students were quoting as saying.
The government announcement to hold exams in November comes in the middle of a siege in the valley which has left at least 95 civilians dead, more than 15000 injured while around 7000 protesters have been detained to bring normalcy on the simmering streets.
Students warned that in case government didn’t postpone the exams, ‘all the students will stage protests inside examination centres and government will be responsible for the outcome.
“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,” a news portal quoted Danish, a Class 12 student as saying.
“Government will lose nothing if it will postpone the exams. Why doesn’t the government think about those students who have suffered pellet and bullet injuries and have been admitted in the hospital? How can they appear in the examination? It is the responsibility of the government to think about the career of students and defer the exams till March,” they said.
Syed Tajamul, president of All Jammu and Kashmir Students Union (AJKSU), says the state government has politicised the issue and in asking students to prepare for exams, they will also ruin their future.
“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” Tajamul says.
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