83.4% students pass Class 10 exam

83.4% students pass Class 10 exam

Toppers to be announced after March exams
By Nazima Sidiq and Sumiya Shah
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE) on Thursday declared the results for the first round of Class 10 exams. Of the total students who sat in the exams, 83.4 percent have passed.
Mukhtar Jaloo, joint secretary of JKBOSE, informed that a total of 58,293 students appeared in the first round of the Class 10 exam held in mid November 2016. Of these, 42,208 students qualified the exam. The number of boys who appeared in the exam was 30,070 and of girls 28,223.
Jaloo said that 6,221 students who failed in one subject but can reappear in its exam have been considered as qualified. Students who failed in more than one subject are 984 in number and stand as disqualified.
This year, the board has not declared toppers, as a second round of the exam will be conducted in March. A final merit list will emerge after that, officials said.
The government had conducted Class 10 exams in November with a 50 percent relaxation in syllabus. A second round would be held in March for students who failed to appear in the November exams, but they will not be given any relaxation in syllabus.
The government announced dates for examination made amid 2016 uprising drawing sharp reaction from the people. However, majority of the students sat in the exams amid heightened security around examination centres while nearly 800 students stayed away from exams. Students held protests on streets against the announcement and also met Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti seeking postponement of exams. The government showed holding exams as returning of normalcy in the Valley which was rocked by anti-India protests for six months.
Education minister Naeem Akhtar felicitated the students who performed well in the exams. He lauded teachers of government schools where students have performed exceptionally well in the examination. “It is the outcome of the competence and commitment of our gifted teachers that the students of the government schools are now coming out with impressive scores in examinations,” he said.
“It is reassuring to note that despite having lost almost full academic year to the unfortunate disturbances in Kashmir, our students and teachers have put in their best efforts to make up for the losses.”

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