Wahid Bhat | Srinagar
Jammu and Kashmir administration announced the exams for class 5 to 12 even as the security concerns remain.
According to a report, the exams have been slated to begin from October 29. While Class 10 exams will begin from October 29, Class 12 examinations will commence from October 30. It also added that class 9th exams have been scheduled to start from November 18. “Class 10 exam will be completed in 20 days while Class 9 and 12 exams will be completed in about a month,” JKBOSE chairperson Veena Pandita confirmed Groundreport.in.
Though the decision is seen as part of administration’s continued effort to normalise the situation in the Valley, it has left the parent worried over the security of their children, the report added.
Ever since Article 370 abrogation and subsequent lockdown in Jammu and Kashmir, situation has been tense since August 5. There have been many sporadic incidents of violence in the region. On August 19, 190 schools in various zones of Srinagar district were reopened, but the attendance of students remained an issue.
In fact, a report said that the Jammu and Kashmir Governor’s office has decided to keep a strict vigil on the day-t-day functioning of the schools and other educational institutes in the region.
With uneasy calm, not many parents are keen on sending their children to schools. In a bid to bring back normalcy in the region, part from school exams, the administration is also looking for conduction exams for under-graduate students said.
On October 16, an Apple trader from Punjab was shot dead and another injured in a militants attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, where normal life remained affected for the 73rd consecutive day since the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution.
According to the police, Charanjeet Singh and Sanjeev were shot at by 3-4 unidentified terrorists around 7.30 pm. They were rushed to the district hospital in Pulwama where Charanjeet succumbed to his injuries during the treatment while Sanjeev’s condition is stated to be critical.
This is the second killing of the day and third such incident in as many days in the Valley. On the same day, a migrant labourer from Chhattisgarh was shot dead by militants in Pulwama district of south Kashmir.
Sethi Kumar Sagar, a resident of Besoli area of Chhattisgarh, was a brick kiln worker. He was walking with another civilian when two militants shot at him near Kakpora railway station, Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh said.
“I would like to assure the farmers in Kashmir that all possible security will be provided. They will be allowed to reap the harvest. I would assure security to all farmers in Kashmir. It will be provided by the state. It is our responsibility,” General Officer commanding of 15 Corps Lieutenant General KJS Dhillon said.
Monday’s killing of the man from Rajasthan who was driving a truck from an orchard was carried out by militants in desperation as transportation of fruit has picked up in Kashmir valley, the police said.
Post-paid mobile communication that was blocked since August 5, when the centre announced its two big decisions – the scrapping of special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and the state’s bifurcation into two union territories – was restored.
One of the two militants involved on Monday’s incident is a Pakistani national, the police said.
Last week, seven people were injured in Kashmir’s Srinagar after a grenade attack by militants in a market area. The attack had come days after militants had thrown a grenade in south Kashmir’s Anantnag, injuring 14.