New Delhi: It is the 37th day of unrest in Kashmir and life remains crippled. Shops are shut; schools and colleges closed and very few people on the roads.
Since July 8, the valley has been under curfew making students the worst victim of the ongoing unrest. The schools have been closed for more than a month now.
In fact, they never reopened after the summer break as curfew was imposed immediately after the death of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani.
As the situation remains grim, the youth in several districts of Kashmir have started community classes in their localities to minimise the academic loss that the students are facing. Students who are unable to attend normal classes are seen attending ‘curfew schools’ and they are finding it beneficial.
Teachers, engineers and the educated youth are providing free-of-cost-coaching to students.
“As the valley has been silenced by the curfews and schools and colleges are shut, I have decided to give classes to the students who live in my locality.
I have eight students in my class as of now and I teach them Maths, Science and Urdu, every day from 4pm to 6 pm at the Imambarah,” says Saika Hamdani, an employee with the J&K govt.
In Rajouri Kadal of Srinagar district, dozens of students have registered themselves for the community classes.
Hafeezullah, who runs an NGO says, “We started free coaching service because the students are bearing the brunt of the unrest and we don’t want to see them disconnected from their books.”
Hundreds of students have joined the community classes and the number is increasing with each passing day.
People are posting on Facebook and other social networking websites, inviting students to join the curfew schools.
“We are receiving a good response from the locals and we will continue to teach the students till the situation doesn’t improve. We don’t want our budding kids to suffer like us,” says Suhail, a banker.
The state government last month announced that the schools will be opened in four districts of the valley but students didn’t turn up. Parents expressed the fear of sending their kids to school.
The CBSE also announced that it will make special arrangements for teaching class XII students in five affiliated schools in Srinagar as most parts of the valley have been wrapped in curfew, but it seems impossible to motivate the parents to send their wards back to educational institutes amid tension.