SRINAGAR: While the summer vacation has been announced for the schools up to the higher-secondary level, two prominent schools in the Valley—Presentation Convent and Green Valley Educational Institute—are openly disregarding the government’s authority by conducting examinations.
Earlier this week, the government issued directions to all the government and private schools to remain closed for the summer break. And it threatened action against the schools that disobeyed the directions, saying “any default on the part of private schools in observance of the calendar of the summer vacations so authorised shall attract action under rules”.
These schools, however, do not seem to care.
A group of 12th class students from the Green Valley Educational Institute told Kashmir Reader that the school was conducting their term first examinations during the vacations.
“What is the purpose of vacation when we still have to attend the school daily?” they asked. “Vacations are meant for us to take a break from studies, not to appear in exams.”
The school, according to the students, threatened to act against the students who dared protest against the decision to hold the examination during the vacation.
“They misbehaved with us and threatened to rusticate us if we did not appear in the examination,” a student, who is part of the groups not appearing in the exam as a mark of protest, said.
Out of the total 87 Humanities students of 12th class, only seven are appearing in the exam along with only 50 per cent of the total students from Medical and Non-Medical streams.
“Those appearing in the examinations were either forced or promised concessions by the administration. But now they are not holding on to their word,” a student said.
They appealed the government to intervene.
The Humanities and Commerce students also expressed concern, saying that only eight students appeared in the English paper, as majority of the students boycotted the exams held on July 2.
“We are worried what will happen to those who did not appear in the exam,” a student said.
Principal of the school, G N Aali, said the examination was announced prior to the vacations.
“If not held on the already decided dates, the students of both the classes will get affected. It will have impact on curricular activities of classes 11th and 12th,” he said.
Students of class 12 at the Presentation Convent School expressed similar views. They said the examinations to be held from July 12 to 21 should be postponed
Director School Education, Kashmir, Shah Faisal said that if the students were not willing to appear in the examination, they should not be forced.
“We will talk to the school authorities over the issue. If the students are not willing to take the examinations, they shall not be forced,” he said.