SRINAGAR- As many as 1.6 lakh students are expected to appear in the upcoming Class 10, 11 and 12 board examinations in Kashmir valley, where students continued to stay away from educational institutes since scrapping of Article 370 and Article 35 A on August 5.
Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan has exhorted to adopt proactive approach and close coordination for smooth and hassle free conduct of Board of School Education (BOSE) examinations commencing from October 29 across the valley.
However, despite authorities appealing parents to sent their children to educational institutes and announcing examinations for all classes from last week of October, majority of schools and colleges remained deserted on Wednesday as students preferred to stay away in the valley, where people are protesting against scrapping of Article 370 and Article 35 A on August 5.
An official said that 1.6 lakh students would appear in upcoming BOSE examinations at 1502 centres in the valley. “Class 10th exams will start from October 29 in which 65000 candidates would appear at 413 centres while Class 12th exams would commences from October 30 in which 48000 students would appear at 633 centres,” he said.
He said examinations for class 11th would be held from November 10 in which 47000 candidates will appear at 456 centres.
He said restrictions under section CrPc 144 will be imposed around each examination centre properly.
Khan on Tuesday chaired a high-level meeting to review logistic arrangements for BOSE exams across the Valley during which he directed concerned officers to ensure heating, drinking water; electricity, transportation and other basic amenities to the candidates at every examination centre.
Deputy Commissioners were directed to establish District Level Exam Control Rooms in each district. District officers of BOSE, School Education, SRTC and Police besides revenue officials shall be members of exam control rooms that will monitor and review necessary examination arrangements on daily basis.
To stop copying and other unfair means, checking squads will be constituted to inspect all centres regularly and take strict action against the violators.
The Deputy Commissioners (DCs) will also hold separate meeting with concerned officers to devise and formulate line of action for smooth conduct of examinations.
Deputy Commissioners of Srinagar, Pulwama, Ganderbal and Bandipora, Secretary BOSE, Director Education, GM SRTC, Additional Deputy Commissioners of Srinagar and Budgam, Assistant Commissioner (Central) with Div Com (K), Information and Police officers and other concerned officials were present in the meeting where as other Deputy Commissioners participated in the meeting through video conferencing.
The government ordered closure of all educational institutions on August 5, when centre scrapped Article 370 and 35 A, besides divided the state into two Union Territories. However, educational institutions reopened in winter capital, Jammu and Ladakh after about two weeks in a phased manner but remained closed in the valley.
After remaining closed for more than a month, government ordered reopening of primary and middle schools first followed by High and Higher Secondary Schools (HSS) and on October 9 colleges in the valley, where life remained crippled due to spontaneous strike from August 5. However, students continued to stay away and did not attended their classes in private and government institutions as parents were not ready to send their children to schools due to uneasy situation in the valley, including Srinagar.
Meanwhile, many private schools have rented rooms in different localities to conduct examination for students while others have said that they will promote students on the basis of home assignments submitted by children.
Private schools have been proactive in giving assignments and study material to students to prepare them for examinations though children from government institutes were not that lucky as no such facility was available for them.
“How can we give examination when over 40 per cent of our syllabus is incomplete? The students in private schools have received study materials, but no such facility was available in government schools. Even the tuition centres were not functional and on top of that internet also remained suspended from last 80 days,” Tanzeel Ahmad, a class 12 student, told UNI.
How will this help us prepare for the competitive examinations, he asked.
However, Advisor to Governor Farooq Ahmad Khan said that the syllabus of students will not be slashed for higher classes and no mass promotion will be given to lower classes. “A student who studies in Class 10 has already received about five mass promotions, if we also give a mass promotion to them how will they compete in competitive examinations in future,” he said.
Mr Khan said he is confident that the students will appear in examinations and give their best.