Episode 15 | Class X and XII students under severe depression and anxiety as Board exams set to commence from October 29 | In conversation with Kaiser Andrabi

Episode 15,  Oct 27, 2019, 07:46 AM

84th day of communication blockade since August 5, postpaid mobile services restored, internet and prepaid mobile services still down.

It has been 84 days since the August 5 decision of the Indian government to revoke Article 370 and Article 35 A. In four days, the state of Jammu and Kashmir will cease to exist. 

This decision by the Indian government came at a very odd time for students in Kashmir. It was at the beginning of the crucial last term of an academic year, the term that ends with exams that are qualifiers to proceed to the next grade. 

In the toughest spot are Class X and Class XII students who are scheduled to give their board exams two days from now, on October 29. Having missed out on three months worth of classes, with a large part of the syllabus not being complete and the Valley having zero access to internet, students are slipping into severe depression.
 
In today's episode, we speak to Kaiser Andrabi about this ordeal that students are facing in Kashmir. Included are excerpts from interviews with students, parents, academicians and mental health professionals in Kashmir.