The decision has been taken in view of widespread student protests over the gruesome gang rape-and-murder of an eight-year-old nomadic girl in Kathua.
The minister said as per government rules, there will be no compromise on attendance of students in the schools. If coaching is needed then we will arrange extra classes, coaching centers for children.
The decision of the closure of coaching institutes has been taken by the Education Minister during the deliberations of issues related to the education sector in the meeting with the principals of all the government schools, all the District Chief Education Officers and Regional Education Officers.
"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. "But now students should control their emotions and go back to their classes", said Bukhari.
Leave the question of justice to the minor girl to the court, he said. We don't think of a ponny walla, houseboat owner or boatman who gets sustenance for the entire year. Read Also: Jammu and Kashmir: Internet ban in Srinagar ahead of Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi's address "My mandate is to see how we can keep education system working. They tried to fire teargas canisters into protesting students inside the campus and also heckled me when I tried to stop them from entering the campus", one of the principals told the meeting. "I can tell you with certainty that if we are able to provide the better atmosphere, they will excel and there will be none to compete with them", Bukhari said.
Asked whether schools and college will be reopened on Monday, he said, "Opening or closing of colleges has nothing to do with my meeting. It is the parents who are putting a burden on their children by sending them to schools as well as tuitions", he said.
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".