Army chief humiliated by J&K minister

Srinagar, Jan 13: Army should not interfere in education sector, Education Minister Syed Altaf Bukhari on Saturday said, reacting to the statement of Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat that students in Jammu and Kashmir schools were being taught two maps.

The Army should not meddle with the education sector and rather concentrate on their own job, Mr Bukhari told journalists on the sideline of a function here.

The Minister's reaction came a day after General Rawat said teachers in Jammu and Kashmir schools were teaching two maps to the students — India and Jammu and Kashmir.

Without naming anyone, the Minister said the people who are giving comments on how they should run education sector were not doing their job properly and that is why they were suffering.

Expressing displeasure over Gen Rawat’s comment, Mr Bukhari said everyone was passing comments on education sector which was not acceptable.

What Army Chief had said on J&K education system

New Delhi, Jan 12 (IANS) The education system in Jammu and Kashmir needs to be overhauled to check radicalisation, Army chief General Bipin Rawat said on Friday, also seeking checks on madrassas and mosques.

Addressing the Indian Army's customary Annual Press Conference ahead of Army Day, Rawat questioned the education being provided in government schools in the Valley.

"In every school there is a map of India and a map of Jammu and Kashmir. Why should you have a separate map of Jammu and Kashmir? Then have maps of all states.

"What does it teach students? That I am in this country but I also have a separate identity? The basic grass root problem lies here -- the way education is in Jammu and Kashmir, because these teachers have also got the same education," he said.

The system of education in the state needed to be given a relook, Rawat added.

He further said that good schools did not produce stone-throwers and terrorists, though there could be a few exceptions.

"We have rarely seen stone-throwers ... from Burnhall or probably DPS. Most are coming from schools where a lot of disinformation (is spread)" he said.

He also raised concern over "disinformation" being spread through social media, and through religious schools and mosques.

"The other issue is Madrassas and Masjids... What is being incorrectly informed to them is through Madrassas and Masjids... If these can be brought under control, the education system can be revamped," the Army chief said.

He said there was a need for opening more schools like army-run Goodwill Schools and CBSE-funded schools in the Valley.

Talking about terror in the state, he said in 2017, the focus was on south Kashmir, and this year, the northern part of the Valley will be targeted.

"Terror in Jammu and Kashmir is not over," he added.


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