Srinagar, Oct 9: The students of 11th class from different schools on Friday protested in Srinagar and other parts of the valley demanding mass promotion alleging that they could not cover their syllabus as educational institutions remained closed due to COVID-19 pandemic and internet speed was very low badly hitting online classes.
Large number of students, including girls, today staged a dharna in Srinagar and Pulwama raising slogans demanding mass promotion.
We could not attend our classes due to closure of the educational institutions due to COVID-19 pandemic, they said.
However, schools started online-classes but again we were unlucky due to low internet speed, they said.
The students said they had time and again requested government to restore 4G high speed internet so that there is no disruption in online classes. Frequently our online classes were getting disrupted due to low internet facility, they alleged.
We could not complete our syllabus due to poor internet, they said adding while students elsewhere in the country were enjoying high speed internet.
The students were raising the slogans “ We want justice” and We demand mass promotion”.
We also accept that 11th is the base for competing in competitive examinations, they said adding but until you have the basic facilities how can you appear in the examinations.
They asked when students of 11th class were given mass promotion in Jammu and other parts of the country, why this discrimination with us (Kashmiri students).
Similar protests were held by students in Pulwama, who also demanded mass promotion.
“Everyone knows the situation in the south Kashmir, where even 2G internet also remained down when there is any encounter”, they said adding we demand justice.