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Kashmir’s education system comes to a halt: students demand defer of exams

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Reported By – Wahid Bhat

SRINAGAR: As date sheets for examination of class 10th to 12th issued by Jammu and Kashmir state broad of School education (JKBOSE), blame-game has yet again taken debates everywhere in Kashmir. The examination falls exactly between Municipal and Panchayat polls.

Anti-exam protests have erupted across Kashmir with hundreds of students hitting the streets to demand cancellation of the government order which set the ball rolling by announcing dates for Class 10th 11th and Class 12 exams.

The announcement comes in the middle of a siege in the valley when elections are ahead in Kashmir valley.

It seems teacher, students and parents are not happy with the decision. Ground report talks to many teachers and parents, among majority of teachers and parents are opposing the move saying that the students have not competed syllabus.

“It’s not possible to motivate the students to appear in the exams at this juncture. The government should defer the exams and take steps to create a congenial atmosphere for students to appear in exams,” said Qaisar Bhat teacher in Khanyar Govt school.

“Students are right in their decision. The Government should defer exams for some time. Keeping in view the present situation, it should take a decision in favour of the students,” said one of the teacher of Girls HSS Rabjagh.

“Many students were confined to their homes due to the situation of the last three months. They need time to cover the whole syllabus. If they don’t, they may fall behind in percentages which will impact their eligibility for appearing in various competitive exams. This way, the careers of students will take a hit in the long run,” Danish, a Class 12 student at a prominent school in Srinagar said.

“Our sessions began in May 2018. We have covered just forty percent of the syllabus. Our internal practicals are pending. We are not in a position to qualify for the examinations,” Asma, said.

Every day hundreds of students take out protests rallies against Jammu and Kashmir government decision to conduct 10th to 12th class examinations slated for next month across Kashmir valley.

Anti-exam protests have been reported from Baramulla in north Kashmir, Shopian, Pulwama and Anantnag in south and Ganderbal in central Kashmir. Recently a group of students, majority of them girls, staged a protest in the capital Srinagar and chanted anti-government slogans over the issue.

Meanwhile Chairman People Democratic front and MLA Mohammad Yaseen support students demand.

While talking to ground report Hakeem Yaseen said that this year students did not get the proper time due to the situation. “Government should defer exams for the benefits of students”.

However former education minister Altaf Bukhari said that “If students said that we have not completed syllabus so until they can’t complete syllabus govt should looking into this decision”.

JK BOSE official confirmed Ground report that there will be no deferment of exams and reduction in syllabus of 10th, 11th and 12th class students.

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