Srinagar: The government will be violating its own norms by holding class 10 and class 12 examinations of both government and private schools next month, said GN Var, president Kashmir Private Schools Association.
Var said the J&K Board of School Education rules say examinations can be held when students have completed 100 per cent laboratory practical assignments, at least 75 per cent class attendance and 100 per cent class work as per the syllabi.
He said the majority of the schools have been able to complete only 10per cent of the practical work and 40 per cent of class work as there have been only 84 working days this year so far because of the raging uprising.
“The government maintains its figures as 60per cent which is manipulative. In government schools it is even less than 20 per cent,” said Var while stating the private schools won’t be allowed to be used as examination centres.
“We are strictly limited to education not politics. We are peoples’ schools and run on money of people. But no logistic support will be provided to the government. We won’t offer examination centres to JKBOSE. The government can pressurize us only using force,” he said.
Minister for education Naeem Akhtar had said that the government decided to hold examinations because students have to participate in national-level exams like NEET, JEE, AIPMT, and other exams.
But Var said that participation in these examinations requires at least 60percent syllabus completion.
“I had also released a statement in this regard but pressure had been built on leading newspapers from all sides not to carry that news,” said Var.
JKBOSE chairman Zahoor Chatt told Kashmir Reader he is not familiar with the decision (to hold exams from November 15)
“I was on Hajj and have not resumed office as yet,” he said.
He however told Kashmir Reader that there is nothing new in conducting examinations simultaneously for class 10 and class 12.
The JKBOSE chairman also said it is not clear whether examinations of private candidates will be held in November.
When asked to name a year when the Board simultaneously conducted class 10 and class 12 examinations, he couldn’t.
Many believe the decision to conduct examinations is more an attempt to counter the protest programmes of the joint resistance leadership than an annual educational activity.
While Chairman of JKBOSE had been on Haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, secretary of the department Veena Pandita was managing the affairs here. She told Kashmir Reader the Board’s job is to conduct examinations. She said she cannot comment on the syllabus part.
“The decision has been taken in view regarding harsh winters and also admission of students on time. We are working on a strategy to how to manage the conduct of all these examinations,” she said.
During the September 2014 floods, when only 7per cent of schools were affected, the government conducted examinations in March 2015.