JKBOSE and the students
Today’s youth is tomorrow’s nation and today’s youth are our students. Students do pay a vital role in the society and how a society is shaped generation after generations depends upon them. The formative period of an individual is during the student phase and hence it is known to be the crucial time of life. What is being sown today is what shall be reaped later.
When students are being treated with due respect and responsibility, they also live up to be responsible and respectable in return to the society. When being recognized, they have the acceptance to work for a better society through hardships rather than giving up in between.
JK Bose or Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education has, of late, descended as thunder storm for the students of Kashmir valley. Having issued the date sheets for examination of class 10, 11, 12 without any consideration at least for class 11, JK Bose has put the students into a delirium. JK Bose usually conducts the examination of two classes -10 and 12 – but the twist came this year when JK Bose came out with a hideous policy of conducting exams of class 11 under its supervision.
Not hidden from the common eye that how much syllabus is prescribed to class eleventh, almost double the 12 standard. And uncertainty looming over the war torn valley has only worsened the matter. Innumerable strikes, protests, counter millitancy operations make it very much difficult for students to attend their classes, and obviously, when students aren’t able to attend the classes syllabus remains uncovered. But JK Bose seems to have turned deaf ear to the pleas of wailing and crying students.
Students on the other hand have already hit the streets, demanding deferment of exams. While some have also threatnend to commit suicide. Even social media hasn’t been spared. Students are seen seeking cooperation of other students to participate in the protests, mainly on Facebook and Instagram. In order to make this campaign a success emotional appeals are made to the student community as a whole. Pertinently, students in large numbers have responded the call in affirmative.
What is the reason for this decision? Is it a politically motivated move? Or, is it for the betterment of students? Well, the former seems more interesting. With ULB and Panchayat polls just around the corner, the government is doing everything to crush the dissent that is bound to arise during the elections. As in the age old dictum ‘Everything is fair in love and war’ everything appears acceptable to this government as far as crushing of dissent is concerned. For temporary gains they are, no doubt, simply playing with the future of thousands of students, putting their careers at risk.
Of course the latter would also benefit the students in the long run. But JK BOSE should’ve had from the beginning of the session issued a formal notice regarding the conduct of exams, which to my knowledge they did but not formally. Sometimes they would say in affirmative and sometimes in negative, putting students into depression. Of late, they simply came with a date sheet, not considering the deadly and monstrous impact on the student community as a whole.
Few days ago what they did was the lowest level one could stoop to: they issued a notice to all the heads of Higher Secondary Schools, impressing upon them to complete the syllabus in next two or three weeks. I mean, really? Have they gone nuts or what? Almost half the syllabus is yet to be covered and they are giving two to three weeks at maximum. Even robots can’t bear this extra load, let alone humans. Half the year is wasted in strikes and protests, plus not every one is Bill Gates or Mukesh Ambani to send their wards to coaching centres which procure hefty amounts from the parents. Then how come they turn blind eye to this matter? It is still a matter of debate.
Now, what is the solution to this grave problem? How students can be pulled out of this anxiety? How career of students can be saved from imminent doom? JK BOSE has to step in. They must listen to the students’ pleas. If they can’t cancel the board, at least defer them to January or February, and pertinent to mention academic session in Kashmir starts from March, so it wouldn’t be a big deal. Give students time to cope up with this decision. Only by such means a disaster can be evaded, otherwise the ruin is imminent.
Author is currently pursuing my plus 2 from Aligarh Muslim University. Feedback at Farhanbashir594@gmail.com.
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