IOK students suffer as schools continue to remain shut

Srinagar, September 28 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, students are facing difficulties as schools and colleges continue to be shut for the last 55 days since August 5.

The schools and colleges continue to be shut with no signs of them opening any soon as the annual exam season draws nearer in the schools sparking fears among the students of delay in the academic year.

At her home in Peerbagh locality of Srinagar, Rutba Mustafa, 18, is teaching few kids including her relatives and neighbors who study in lower classes. Voluntarily she is helping them to complete the syllabus at home.

“They show little interest to study as they have been disconnected from books and have not been to schools for a long time,” says Rutba who is herself a student of Class XII.

“The authorities have not any clear idea how much education is suffering and we also do not know whom to approach for any kind of help. The students are a forgotten lot. We are now taking our own initiatives to help ourselves. They will talk about education only when it is a matter of politics,” said Muntaha Khursheed, a student of Government College for Women in Srinagar.

“We have not been given any study material from our schools,” said a 17-year-old student of Government Higher Secondary School, Amira Kadal.

Students are in a fix as the exam session is nearing in school but they have neither completed the syllabus not there are any signs yet that the schools will open any soon. “We do not know when the schools will open and we fear that the day it opens we should not be forced to appear in the exams when we have not completed syllabus yet,” said Misbah Rashid, a student of New Era School in Srinagar. “There is no clarity on any side”.

Another student Zainab from Linton Hall School in city said, they are studying at home but that is not sufficient for the board exams. “The main issue is that at home we remain under stress because there is only discussion about the current situation, there is no such atmosphere where we can study. We fear that it will affect our whole year,” she said.

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