Private schools in Kulgam hold exams despite cabinet orders


ANANTNAG: Disregarding the cabinet decision about the conduct of examination, many private schools of South Kashmir, which remained unaffected in the recent floods, have started conducting exams for 1st to 7th classes.
Reports reaching from district Kulgam said that many private schools are busy conducting the examinations in their respective schools.
An official of the education department posted in Kulgam district said that despite communicating to all schools not to conduct examinations for any classes, many private schools in the district in total disregard for the cabinet decision have started conducting examinations.
“On the directions of top officials of the district we visited many private schools to check the violations and found a group of schools smoothly conducting the examinations. When we asked the school management in one of the schools to stop the exams, they abused us and even threatened to beat us,” said the official.
He said that the some members of the school management clearly told them not to interfere in their affairs.
“Go and do whatever you want to do. We have completed the syllabus and cannot make the students wait till March,” an official, quoted a member of the school management as telling them.
The official said that they later managed to seize a copy of the answer sheet from the school and reported the violation to Chief Education Officer (CEO) Kulgam. “The CEO instead of taking any action forwarded the case to the Zonal Education Officer (ZEO). The cabinet decision has to be applied on all the schools,” the official said.
CEO, Kulgam, Bashir Ahmad admitted that few schools had started exams for lower classes but blamed communication gap for this.
“Today I have asked my field functionaries to ensure that the academic session continues in all the government and private schools and no school goes for the exams at its own will,” CEO said.
He said that he has got the copy of the answer papers from one of the schools where school management had misbehaved with the officials of the department for their objection to holding of exams.
“I am in possession of the answer sheets of the said school and have initiated inquiry. I will recommend strong action against the school management for violation of the government decision and misbehaviour with the officials,” CEO said.