JK: Private tuition centres in Valley closed to contain protests

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After seeking civil society support to avert educational disempowerment, Jammu and Kashmir Education Minister Syed Altaf Bukhari ordered the closure of all private tuition centres in Kashmir valley for 90 days in view of the student protests in Kashmir valley. Disruptions were also witnessed this month as students protested over the alleged rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua. The principals informed puppet Education Minister Altaf Bukhari during a meeting in Srinagar. "Bukhari needs to keep in mind that J&K is one state and in all the competitive exams the merit has to be considered at state level, thus allowing coaching centres in Jammu and Ladakh to function but banning them in Kashmir will certainly have huge impact on the outcome of academic and professional examinations".

"Education Minister's decision to close coaching centres seems an action of revenge against the student community, who were well within their limits to protest against Kathua incident", he said. The decision was taken during a meeting with officers of the state education department, including chief education officers (CEOs) and principals of government higher secondary schools, the spokesman said. "It's not even 10% in my school", said a Class 11 student of a government school. Pelting stones is not the solution to everything.

Leave the question of justice to the minor girl to the court, he said. "Even if a single student wants to attend a coaching centre or a class room, he can not be denied the right". "If the protests happen then it will remain shut permanently and nobody should tell us why they are not being reopened".

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Chairman of JKLF (H), Javaid Ahmad Mir, while talking to Kashmir News Bureau stated - "The government has failed on all counts and making innocent students scapegoat for its failures". "Our children are wise enough to know what is good for them". The students are emotionally hurt by whatever is happening and we have to take care of all this.

The minister directed officials to compile a list of teachers working in the coaching centres and asked school authorities to conduct a parent-teacher meeting once every week.