With around 250 students among thousands of those jailed in Kashmir, the govt’s proposed move to conduct exams in Nov has come under severe criticism with Valley based academicians and experts calling it ‘administrative tactics’ to put extra mental pressure on the already disturbed student fraternity.
The experts believe that holding exams for those students who are booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) and other laws in jails is a ‘ridiculous’ move.
According to a report published by a local daily on Thursday, Education Minister Naeem Akhter had asked the Police Department to arrange examination centres for the jailed students in their jails or police stations and provide study material to them so that they can prepare for the coming exams.
DG Prisons SK Mishra told that “there are around 250 students in the jails and most of them have been booked under PSA.”
Noted academic and psychologist, Professor A.G. Madhosh said that learning and examinations are activities of peace and conducting them under present circumstances is a “bad idea”.
“What is the fun of conducting exams without completion of syllabus? We are in a war like situation and holding exams in jails, schools or auditoriums is one and same thing,” Madhosh said.
“The concept of jail is abnormalcy. By holding exams in jails you are adding to the miseries of those students and their parents,” Professor Madhosh added. Reacting to the exam dictate, ex-Secretary BOSE, B A Dar said that for appearing in exams, students need peaceful atmosphere and care from parents.
“Question of holding exams in jails is nothing less a ‘ridiculous’ move. What is the need to hold exams in jails and police stations, why shouldn’t they release students and let them appear in exams in peaceful manner? You need atmosphere, guidance to appear in exams. First you are booking them under PSA and then you want them to appear in exams thus putting them under extra mental pressure,” said Dar.
The state government’s decision to hold board exams for classes 10 and 12 next month despite schools having been shut for over 100 days has enraged the student community. The students have hit the streets and are demanding postponement of exams since they did not get adequate time to complete the syllabus.
Professor Madhosh said that instead of thrusting exams on students, the government should understand the present situation and defer exams till March. “Portion of students are inside jails, what do you think about their psyche. Student community is going through collective depression and that has taken toll on their achievement motivation. When you are caging a student do you think they will be thinking about his future,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chairman, JK BOSE Prof Zahoor Ahmad Chatt said he had no information and received no communication regarding holding exams in jails for detained students.