Though everything has suffered a great deal in Kashmir, but the worst has happened to education. Students here are consciously thinking about their future which they think is not completely safe
CONCERN BY SABEEHA SHAHEEN BHAT
Is our future really safe in Kashmir? This question lies in the mind of each and every student of the valley. They think they are perhaps wasting their precious time here. The future of Kashmiri students is at risk and it seems to be dark. Kashmir is known for uncertainty. One never knows what happens and when? Every year in Kashmir something happens which disrupts the whole life. Whether it is case of custodial killing by forces, land rows or erratic power supply. Every nook and corner of the valley is affected by these disruptions and life comes to a standstill. Though all realms of life are affected, but education suffers the most. Our student community in particular is always at the receiving end of all this. It was only a student whose killing triggered the whole unrest in June 2010.
Rural or urban areas of Kashmir, education as a system has taken a severe battering. The recent results of matriculation explain a story. The standard of education in government schools is fast declining. Nine schools have shown zero pass percentage. Although the present turmoil has had its effect on all shades of life and on the walks of life, the student community has suffered the most. They have no option to fall back on.
The onus lies on those who claim to have a concern for Kashmir. The Kashmir imbroglio needs to be dealt with on priority to safeguard the interests of Kashmiris in general and students in particular. These students are future of the community. As they say the truth is the first casualty of war, so is true of education. When we say that education is the first casualty of the conflict. So being a student I request all students to forget sloganeering and concentrate on their studies. As we are the future of our nation.
Lastupdate on : Fri, 20 Jan 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 20 Jan 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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