JKBOSE website welcomes students with outdated information

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Date sheets of last year, e-textbooks of 2011

Irshad khan

Srinagar: The J&K state Board of School Education (JKBOSE) has not updated its website -which is expected to cater to thousands of students across – for months together.
Even as the board has recently issued date sheets for classes 10-12 in Kashmir, the latest date sheet available on the website is of class 12 Bi-annual session, issued five months ago in April this year.
The latest date sheet for class 10 available on the website pertains to Bi-annual examinations held in March.
The JKBOSE has not even updated the statistics about the annual examinations of classes 10 and 12 for last four academic sessions. The “latest” examination statistics of the annual examinations the board has put on its website are of classes 10 and 12 of 2013 annual session.
It seems that the JKBOSE is least bothered to update vital information on its website.
In an important decision, the board on September 26 said that students of classes 10 and 12 examinations would not be promoted if they fail in one of the five compulsory subjects even in the bi-annual examination.
A header for information flashes in a scroll on the website in a side column, but a detailed page for it cannot be accessed. Even through the link on “e-textbooks”, the JKBOSE website boasts about, one only ends up on content as old as 2008. The e-textbook of History for class 9 available on the JKBOSE website is of the year 2011. Similarly, the Urdu e-textbook for the same class is of the time when Dr Sheikh Bashir Ahmad used to be the Secretary, JKBOSE.
Public Relations Officer JKBOSE, Showkat Usman, told Kashmir Reader that the official, who was assigned the work to update the website, was “based in Jammu”.
Kashmir Reader spoke to Dr Yasir, In-Charge of the website, who claimed that the website was updated “on daily basis”.
Yasir said that they had updated the date sheet for annual examinations in Kashmir on the website, which however is not the case.Director Academics JKBOSE, Dr Farooq Ahmad Peer however clarified on the relatively older e-textbooks.
Peer specifically said of class 9 history textbook that it had been “revised as per NCF (National Curriculum Framework)-2005, which is as per NCERT”.
“When NCERT revives (the textbook), we will also revive it,” Peer said.
“If we had found anything controversial, we would have taken a decision,” he added.