Kashmir Violence Takes A Toll On Education9 August 2010
Times of India
Srinagar: Nearly two months of street protests, frequent curfews and shutdowns have taken a toll on the Valley's education system, forcing large number of students to shift to Jammu and other places to continue their studies. State education minister Peerzada Mohammed Sayeed confirmed that many students have migrated, but said he didn't have the exact figures. 'The education system has crumbled due to strikes and curfews, forcing the government to issue a circular asking educational institutions to hold extra classes to cover the loss,' he said. Srinagar-resident Shabir Ahmad said he was forced to send his two kids to Jammu because of the continuing street protests that has claimed over 50 lives and left hundreds injured. 'Their education has suffered in last two months and I don't want that to continue,' he said. Another resident, Mohammed Akbar Sofi, echoed Ahmad and said his daughter, a class XII student, too shifted to continue her preparation for pursuing law. Sara Javid, an 18-year-old student of a Srinagar public school, said she would leave in a few days to join tuition classes in Jammu and return in November to take her board exams. Sanjay Bhat, who runs Jammu-based Luxmi Global Institute, said, 'We've admitted eight boys and girls from Kashmir in last two months.' CM Omar Abdullah said he would ensure that the future of the students isn't ruined. 'Their careers are of paramount importance and it's the responsibility of all of us to see that students aren't affected,' he said. 'The teachers, students, parents and the civil society would need to come forward and ensure that neither the studies of the students nor the health care suffers.'