Srinagar: WITH STORY " JK SCHOOLS" -
A group of students preparing for Class 10th board examinations at home in Srinagar on Tuesday,Oct 22, 2019. Schools have remained closed in Kashmir since August 05 after the abrogation of Article 370 but education department is going to conduct board examinations as per schedule. PTI Photo by Umar Ganie
Dec 31: Clamour is growing for making education conflict neutral in 2020.
For the last few years education has become
the biggest casualty of the conflict in Kashmir. Frequent closure of schools
and educational institutions has left students in a fix.
August 5, students lost more than 150 days of classwork in the academic
calendar. There are 250 days in the academic calendar in Kashmir. Of which 100
days of class work have been lost due to the prevailing situation.
Sundays and other holidays to the list, there were less than 100 days when
students could attend the classes in the academic year. Plus, government announced closure of schools
and colleges following the abrogation of Article 370.
“Conflict in Kashmir is nothing new to us. Our
studies continue to suffer. Every year we witness clampdown that extends for
months together. Is J&K government raising a generation of illiterates?”
asked Ajra Wani, Phd Scholar at Kashmir University
Bhat, computer engineering student at Kashmir Government Polytechnic College
said they hope 2020 will prove productive as far as education is concerned.
“The home assignments that were given to us in 2019 proved disaster when it
comes to technical education. Engineering relies on practical rather than
theory. Plus due to internet gag, our
concepts were not clear,” she said.
Ahmad, a parent, said there should be a complete policy overhaul in the
education sector to make it conflict neutral. “In 2020 there should be no
summer vacations. Gazetted holidays too should be done away with in the
academic calendar. Education should be kept at arm’s length from politics,” he
parent, Manzoor Ahmad said examinations conducted at homes were not fair enough
to promote students to the next class. “Our children have been suffering from
years now. We want conflict in Kashmir should be kept aside and students should
have right to study without fear,” he said.
have suggested that the government should frame “strong strategy” to make
education conflict neutral.
poses a bigger challenge to the administration in 2020. In 2019 students were
promoted to next class without completing their syllabus. Children, who are in
their next classes, are full of deficiencies,” said Bashir Ahmad Dar, a noted
educationist of the valley.
noted that administration should ensure proper functioning of educational
institutions in the valley. “And they should take adequate steps to build
conducive environment for healthy teaching and learning process”, he said.
Department of School Education, Kashmir, Younis Malik said they are framing
academic calendar 2020 to make up for the losses of 2019.
2020 academic calendar there will around 240 days of classwork. The
administration will make sure that proper functioning of schools will take
place,” said Malik.
School Education, said government has arranged 10 winter camps in each zone
from class 3rd to 7th where students will be engaged in the learning process.
“For classes 8th to 12th, winter tutorials have been established as per the
demand”, he said