Class 12 state board exams begin amid tight security in Kashmir -
Class 12 state board exams begin amid tight security in Kashmir
Posted 14 Nov 2016 05:59 PM

Class 12 state board examinations for the Kashmir division began on Monday morning amid tight security, as government went ahead with its schedule to hold exams in November, albeit on just 50% syllabus.
Following political debates over holding exams in either November or March, the state government in an unprecedented decision decided to hold the Class 10 and 12 board exams twice — in November with 50% syllabus and in March with the full syllabus for students who fail to appear this time.
However, according to the data provided by the Directorate of School Education, out of total 126,593 students, 105,719 students (over 80%) have opted to appear in this month’s exams.
More than 48,000 Class 12 students are appearing for the exams on Monday. Class 10 exams begin from Tuesday.
As students revised for the last time and entered the halls, security forces encircled the centres.
“Yes, there have been difficulties in preparation but I have studied 50% of my syllabus nicely. So I expect to fare well but I’m very nervous,” said a Class 12 girl, with a Chemistry textbook in hand outside a higher secondary school in Kothibag in Srinagar.
Parents who came to drop their children were equally anxious, but felt the state had taken adequate measures as far as the security of the students was concerned.
“Appearing in March would have meant that preparation for competitive exams could be paralysed and wastage of precious time, because they were initially scheduled to appear in exams around this time only,” said Mir Zahoor, the father of a Class 12 student.
He added: “But yes, students have undergone a traumatic experience in the last four months and perhaps they are not psychologically ready for the exams.”
Board examinations in the Valley are normally held in October in view of the harsh winter. But when severe floods wracked the state some two years ago, they were pushed back by several months.
Masrat, the mother of a Class 12 student, said her daughter’s school had remained closed for the last four months and she had to study and complete at least 50% syllabus by herself.
“Schools and tuition centres had remained closed. There was no transportation either. My daughter studied everything on her own,” she said.
She, however, said that students should complain to authorities if the question paper is not as promised by the government.
The government had promised that “anyone who has studied 50% of the syllabus will be able to answer 100% questions”.
The Valley has been caught in a disruptive limbo since July, when protests erupted after the death of militant commander Burhan Wani.
Normal life has been out of gear for the past four months, during which more than 90 people have been killed and thousands injured. More than 25 schools were also burnt in the ensuing chaos.

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