Srinagar, Nov 1: The troubles for the students in Jammu and Kashmir seems to be never ending. The separatists have chosen not to relent and their supporters have gutted down at least 25 schools in the past three and a half months. Schools have been the target of separatists since the unrest in the Valley on July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani was killed.
OneIndia has written several articles on how the schools are being targeted specifically in the Valley. The students are lagging in their studies and to make matters worse, studying online too is not an option thanks to repeated ban on internet in the Valley.
Several children had been relying heavily on the internet to study. The government has already announced the dates for the board examinations. However nearly 12 lakh children have been stranded at home with their parents too scared to send them to schools.
In such times the internet became the best friend for the students. Many would brush up online. However the process has not been smooth at all. There have been interruptions and when tensions escalated the internet would be banned to curb rumour mongering.
There are two million internet users in the Kashmir Valley. Mobile internet is the most used and this caters to over 90 per cent of the people. While mobile internet services have been banned on and off others would depend on the broadband services. However the number of broadband users in Kashmir is hardly 16,000 and this number includes the government offices as well.
The students who are lagging behind in their studies as they have not been able to go to school for 116 days relied heavily on the internet. The teachers have only been able to complete 50 per cent of the syllabus and the board examinations are scheduled for the second week of November.