Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court Thursday issued a notice to government on a Public Interest Litigation seeking directions to hold examinations in November instead of March next year as announced by the authorities in Kashmir Valley.
Admitting the PIL filed by advocate Mohammad Ashraf Wani, a Division Bench of Chief Justice M M Kumar and Justice Ali Mohammad Magray asked the government through Secretary School Education Department, Board of School Education (BOSE), Director School Education and Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE) to file the response by November 12.
The direction followed submissions by advocate G A Lone and the petitioner Advocate Wani that government decision to conduct the examinations in March was “most unreasonable and unfair” to the students.
“One group of academicians, parents and schools say that the students have been put to examinations for three semesters already and if it is postponed till March, they are likely to loss six crucial months which otherwise is equivalent to loss of one year in their career and as such want examinations in November,” advocate Lone said.
The reason given, he said, is that when you can hold elections, “what is difficulty in holding the examinations.”
“The other point of view is that no give them mass promotion so that they are not made to loss the one year.”
In his plea, Wani submitted that due to “unnecessary delay” in examinations, students have been subjected to psychological trauma and pain.
“The decision by government is most irresponsible and unreasonable. Prolonging examinations has added agony and misery of the students.”
Ordinarily the examinations are conducted in October or November as students complete the syllabi by the end of September.
“It seems that the decision (to hold examinations in March) has been taken is not in consonance with the examination pattern which is followed right now in the schools.
Elaborating, he said, earlier the examinations were conducted at the end of the academic session but there is now continuous assessment and evaluation in the form of conducting of unit tests and term examinations.
“Most of the students from Nursery to 9th standard as well as 11th class follow this pattern, where the examinations are conduct after every two months almost and the final result is based on the examinations which are conducted from time to time.”
The postponement of final examination does not carry any sense and has been taken in ignorance at the system of evaluation which is prevailing in the State, he said.
He submitted that the students have already suffered long spell of winter vacation from December 2013 to 24th of March this year.
“Furthermore, there was sudden summer vacations declared because of the Israel strikes on Gaza and that too only for purpose of abiding the law and order situation.”
“The people are the helm of affairs are unconcerned and do not realize the sensitive of the issue and dragging examinations to the month of March is not the interest of students and their career is at the stake.”
Wani also questioned withdrawal of official press note by the government recently, declaring to hold examinations by ending October and first week of November for various classes.
“By delaying the examinations, the academic year of 2015 would be disturbed and the system would be derailed without any reason,” Wani said and urged the court to command the authorities to conduct the examinations in November.
From Nursery to 9th Standard, he said, the examination shall be directed to be conducted in the first week and from 10th to and 12th in the second week of November.
He also urged the court to direct the authorities to make the assessment of the loss to the schools and rebuilt them on modern and scientific lines. He also demanded modernizing libraries in all colleges including those imparting technical education.
He also sought directions to the authorities to take such Initiatives so as to uplift the standard of education.
“Furthermore such steps shall be taken so that students are out of mental trauma caused by the floods,” he added.