Govt trivializing education: KCSDS
Civil Society group KCSDS has expressed serious concern over government's move to 'trivialize' education degrees by curtailing syllabus of 10th and 12th class by 50% in a bid to throw a bait to the students to appear in exams in November.
"This will have impoverishing consequences for our degree holders as their degrees will have diminished credibility and less value by half before those who take exam with full syllabus within the state and outside the state. Secondly, if the government has revisited its earlier decision to allow exams in March 2017 in view of the bulk of students who rightly plead lack of completed syllabi and absence of psychological poise in the present circumstances, why should it not conduct exams only once in March? Will the results of those who appear now in exams be declared sooner and those candidates will be punished by late results who appear in March and made to suffer in the competitive field? Or if the results would be declared in one go, what is the rationale of conducting exams now and then to repeat the same process in March other than to play down the uprising and its impact on students' learning and mental health?" KCSDS said in a statement.
"It is high time and a test case for the government to delink conduct of exams and education itself from power politics and not to make it subservient to non- educational considerations. It is the quality and credibility of degree in education that is at stake in all this row of vanity of egos and politics of enforcing its will on unprepared student 'subjects 'in conducting exams in November. Thirdly, all the students who have been jailed as a revenge for protesting or harshly booked under PSA must be released immediately to enable them first to recover from jail trauma and then to concentrate on preparing for their forthcoming exams in March. It is a brutal tactic to subdue students by putting them in jails and in some cases under PSA, the lawless law, and then to say that their exams will be held in their imprisoned disoriented condition."
KCSDS warned the government against proposed 'rationalization of Assembly constituencies' in spite of the fact that there is restriction on delimitation of Assembly constituencies up to the year 2026. "It seems government has not learnt any lessons of going against the rights and interests of Kashmiris in spite of the fact that the current revolt is triggered by its anti-Kashmir policies," the statement said.