Srinagar: All Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission Lectures Association has taken strong exception to the government order assigning the officials from other departments to monitor and supervise the annual regular higher secondary examinations scheduled from October 22 (today). The association has threatened to boycott conducting all examinations if the order is not revoked.
The association said Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE) had assured it that the annual regular examination will be held smoothly without the interference of officials from other departments but “the district/sub district authorities in Baramulla and Bandipora have ordered officials from other departments to monitor and supervise the examination centres”.
The order copies, lying with Kashmir Reader, show the district authorities ordering the officials from other departments to monitor and supervise the examinations scheduled to be held from Monday (today).
The association president Nayeem Ahmad Parrey told Kashmir Reader that the officials from other departments “rather than following a proper protocol are creating inconvenience in the examination centres like they did last year”.
“They act like masters and dictate terms to students, lecturers and even supervisors thereby disturbing both students and officials of the education department,” Parrey said. “They create mess in the examination halls since they don’t how to maintain suitable environment for students.”
“This is despite the fact that the department of education is full of officers of superior ranks who could meticulously perform the monitoring duty as was the practice in past,” he said.
Nayeem said the orders should be revised so that students do not suffer the “inconvenience” created by these officials.
A top official from JKBOSE told Kashmir Reader that the staff from other departments might have been deputed by the concerned chief education officers (CEOs) for “monitoring”. “Otherwise, most of the staff deputed for examination duty was otherwise taken from school education department itself,” he said.
When contacted, the chairperson JKBOSE Veena Pandita said she will look into the matter.
“We will resolve the problem (if any) and ensure that free and fair exams, without the interference of officials from other departments, are conducted across the state,” Pandita said.