Closure of educational institutions

The students have taken serious note of frequent closure of educational institutions by the administration.

The students have taken serious note of frequent closure of educational institutions by the administration. They have registered protest time and again and accused the authorities of marring their career. Pertinently, the authorities have directed the principals of educational institutions to ensure completion of syllabus before the students take the final test. But how can this goal be achieved if the institutions remain closed? Since April 16, the educational intuitions including Higher Secondary Schools (HSS) and Government Degree College (GDC) Shopian have remained closed for around a month, taking a toll on the academics. It may be recalled that post Pulwama incident-when government forces thrashed students of Pulwama GDC inside campus leaving over 50 injured, state government ordered frequent closure of schools as precautionary measure to avoid any breakdown of law and order. It seems that the students from Down Town Srinagar are deliberately made to suffer. The authorities impose restrictions very frequently and bring life in these areas to a halt. This has adversely affected education, and students find themselves in a difficult situation. The student protests and closure of educational institutions reflect the failure of the authorities to address the issue. Had the authorities fixed responsibility for the Pulwama incident, the situation would not have taken an ugly turn. Last year the authorities accused the separatists of marring the career of the students by enforcing strike strictly. However, this year, the authorities are responsible for closure of educational institutions. The students especially in South Kashmir reach their respective institutions in the morning from far flung areas only to find their schools and colleges closed. The loss of class work cannot be compensated by any means especially when the authorities have directed the principals of the institutions to ensure completion of syllabus before the students sit for the final examination. The irony is that the authorities from the education department have expressed helplessness. They intend to take up the matter with the administration whose top priority is law and order. Maintaining peace is important but education is more important. The authorities need to take appropriate measures. Can a simple question be put to the administration in this backdrop: when every other activity is going on, why are schools alone shut? 

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