Govt should talk to stu­dents, not tor­ment them: Omar

Pakistan Observer - - FRONT PAGE - SRI­NA­GAR—Na­tional

Con­fer­ence Work­ing Pres­i­dent and for­mer Chief Min­is­ter Omar Abdullah on Mon­day ex­pressed con­cern over con­tin­ued stale­mate on the is­sue of de­fer­ment of board ex­am­i­na­tions in Jammu and Kash­mir.

He said the State Gov­ern­ment should talk to the stu­dents with an open mind in­stead of “tor­ment­ing” them.

Af­ter meet­ing var­i­ous del­e­ga­tions of young stu­dents at his res­i­dence in Sri­na­gar, the Na­tional Con­fer­ence Work­ing Pres­i­dent said the Gov­ern­ment should de­sist from mak­ing the is­sue of hold­ing ex­am­i­na­tions a point of pres­tige.

“Our young stu­dents who are in their cru­cial classes de­serve ev­ery bit of our em­pa­thy and moral sup­port. They are the worst vic­tims of un­cer­tainty and tur­moil as a break in their aca­demic pur­suits at this junc­tion has a di­rect bear­ing on their ca­reers. Un­for­tu­nately, the State Gov­ern­ment has cho­sen to brow­beat and in­tim­i­date the stu­dents into com­ply­ing with their stand on hold­ing the ex­am­i­na­tions on time de­spite the loss of al­most four months of in-class stud­ies and tu­to­ri­als. The cur­rent un­rest has also af­fected our chil­dren psy­cho­log­i­cally and the Gov­ern­ment’s in­sen­si­tiv­ity is only wors­en­ing their plight”, the Na­tional Con­fer­ence Work­ing Pres­i­dent said af­ter meet­ing the stu­dents.

The NC Work­ing Pres­i­dent said the stu­dents have a fair point in ques­tion­ing the ra­tio­nal­ity and fair­ness of Gov­ern­ment hold­ing ex­am­i­na­tions on time when only around eighty school work­ing days could be con­ducted as op­posed to a min­i­mum stan­dard of around a hun­dred and eighty school work­ing days that make an aca­demic year.—GK

IS­LAM­ABAD: AJK Prime Min­is­ter Fa­rooq Haider meets Saudi Am­bas­sador to Pak­istan, Abdullah M Al-Zahrani.

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