Hundreds of under graduate students on Monday faced hardships while reaching their respective exam centres due to the strike called by separatists in Kashmir Valley against recent killings in south Kashmir.
Scores of students could not reach the centres and missed the exams. Many students complained of overcharging by transporters.“Today I had to pay 100 rupees fare against Rs 30 from Krusan Lolab to Kupwara only to appear before the political science paper,” Sajad Ahmad, a student of BA Ist Year said.
Similar complaints were received from other parts of the Valley.
“The education in Valley has badly hit since 2008. This is unfortunate,” Mushtaq Ahmad Mir, a postgraduate student from Rafiabad, Baramulla said.
He said that the year – 2008, 2010, 2013, and 2016 – remained the most violent years which badly affected the education of students.
“Besides these years, post-2013, the internet gag, clashes-cum-protests during search operations by government forces has also become the order of the day. All this has taken a heavy toll on the education,” he said.
Abdula Gaffar Bhat, a retired lecturer, from Handwara said the teachers are now afraid of guiding students towards the “right path”.
“During my tenure, we were guiding students and used to even beat them for not completing homework. Today’s age is different as the students now lack patience and are treading the wrong path,” he said.
“The student fraternity must keep patience and respect the teachers, parents and elders if they want to become the role models. Otherwise, they will realize all this when it would be too late,” the retired lecturer said.