Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Tuesday categorically informed students that examinations will not be postponed and her government will conduct examinations for Class 10th and 12th at any cost in November next month. “Either you appear in examination or boycott them, it bothers least to the government,” Mehbooba told a large group of students in Civil Secretariat lawn on Tuesday.The students from different government and private schools including Delhi Public School, Tyndale Biscoe, Green Valley, Presentation Convent, New Convent under the banner of Jammu Kashmir Welfare Students Association (JKSWA) met Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in Secretariat lawns. The students requested Chief Minister to postpone their examinations. They argued that not a single student can qualify for JEE and NEET in case government conducts exams in November as according to them they have covered only 40 per syllabus.“Our demands are genuine. How can we appear in exams when 60 per cent of our syllabus is incomplete and there have been zero practical’s. Besides the atmospheres is not conducive,” Danish Bhat, president JKSWA told Chief Minister during the interaction. The students were accompanies by their parents and some teachers from different schools who all requested Chief Minister to postpone the examinations.
Eyewitnesses told news agency CNS that Chief Minister didn’t budge and asked students to prepared themselves for the examination. “It’s not up to me. I can’t help you,” Mehbooba told the students before leaving the Secretariat premises.“We were really disappointed the way Chief Minister behaved. She had no answers to our questions. It seems government is hell-bent to conduct the exams with a hope that it will bring normalcy in Valley. The government is least bothered about the careers of the students,” Danish Bhat told CNS adding that all the students were shocked when the Chief Minister said: “I have passed the exams by relishing Gol Gapay why can’t you pass the same.” He claimed that a couple of female students who protested outside CM residence on Monday were hired by the government and that was a ‘staged show.’“We in fact asked Chief Minister to identify those students who are keen to appear in the examination when she repeatedly told us that parents and students are appreciating her decision of conducting examination in November,” Bhat said and added that all the students have gathered under the banner of JKSWA and if government didn’t change its mind, the students will not only boycott the examinations but will hit to roads against the what he called ‘callous and heartless’ government.Meanwhile the students here staged a protest and alleged that government wants to use students for it’s ‘nefarious’ designs. The students who assembled in Press Enclave Srinagar under the banner of Jammu Kashmir Students Welfare Association alleged that government is least bothered about the welfare and careers of the students. “We request government to postpone exams till March next year and if it doesn’t do so, we will boycott these examinations,” the protesting students said.The protesting students also appealed government to release all the students from jails so that they could prepare themselves for the examinations. “Government should also think about those pellet and bullet hit students who have been undergoing treatment in different hospitals of Valley,” they said and alleged that the diktat of the government will be vehemently countered.(CNS)