30 November, 2020

In Valley That Lives Under Shadow Of The Gun, Getting Education Is Toughest Lesson

Though the government announced reopening of schools in late-August, classrooms in Kashmir mostly remain empty three months later.

In Valley That Lives Under Shadow Of The Gun, Getting Education Is Toughest Lesson
outlookindia.com
2019-12-09T12:13:49+05:30

The pen, the old wise men say, is mightier than the sword. In Kashmir, the humble pen drive has emerged as the mightiest. In the midst of a months-long communication blockade and curfew-like restrictions since Article 370 was revoked in August, education has been the hardest hit. In the gloom of the freezing season and lurking security fears, parents are reluctant to send their children to school. Though the government announced reopening of schools in late-August, classrooms mostly remain empty three months later. Thousands of security personnel deployed in the Valley still occupy many schools and colleges in which they have been given temporary quarters.

It’s already December and annual exams are due shortly. Some schools have already held primary section exams. And the only time students feel like visiting schools is to collect study material or sit for the exams. Students say that for about a month after the lockdown, they were in a dilemma over how to communicate with teachers and fellow students. Gradually students and teachers devised methods to reach out to...

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