Srinagar: Thousands of students Tuesday appeared in the annual board examinations of class 10th in unrest-hit Kashmir, where normal life remains affected by a shutdown since July 8.
The class 10th exams began amid unprecedented security measures across all the 558 examination centers a day after some 95% students appeared in the 12th class exams.
According to figures provided by the Directorate of School Education (DSEK) Kashmir, 558 centres were allotted for the exams which were held amid tight security arrangements.
A total of 55500 students appeared in the examination while 777 remained absent. The percentage of students who appeared in the test was 98.61, they said. Students outside Higher Secondary school Rajbagh said the question paper was quite easy.
Zobiya Bhat, a student of My School, whose examination centre was at Rajbagh Higher Secondary said that almost all her classmates were present and that the question paper wasn't too difficult.
Subreena Farooq said, "I was fully prepared, but I find it quite difficult. The questions were tricky too. Her father, Farooq Ahmed Bhat, said he was initially worried about the safety of his daughter because of the strike call by the Hurriyat leaders, but now he was satisfied with the security measures around the examination centre.
Another student Saba of Little Angels said that they had not even covered 50% of the syllabus.
The teachers, meanwhile, said the papers are of the standard that an average student could score 50 marks at least, it was a balanced paper.”
Those students who didn’t appear in this examination in November session can write in March session and they have to prepare for the full syllabus.
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