Class 12 students write papers under candles, solar lanterns

Class 12 students write papers under candles, solar lanterns
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BOSE changes time

Irshad Khan

Srinagar: With no electricity available at the centres set up at government schools on a dark cloudy day on Friday, scores of class 12 students appearing in General English paper of the annual examination at several centres across valley were left in a tricky situation with many students missing some questions in the darkness.
Inside the dark classrooms, several candidates had to write the papers under solar lights, smart phone torches and even candles, they said.
As the staff on examination duty moved the students outside the classrooms in search of light, the students had to face yet another challenge – cold.
At several examination centres students could read their question papers only after the staff on duty arranged candles for them, they complained.
While the class 12 papers are scheduled 2-5 pm as per the date sheet, the JKBOSE had changed the timing for Friday’s General English paper to 2:30-5:30 pm, which inadvertently worsened the situation.
At Boys’ Higher Secondary School, Chrar-i-Sharif in Budgam district, scores of candidates had to write their papers “in no light or using solar lanterns”, a local youth from the town, whose sister appeared for the exam, wrote on Facebook on Friday evening.
He also uploaded the pictures of the students writing the paper under the light of solar lanterns on the social networking site.
Unlike their “lucky” fellows from the Chrar-i-Sharif town, scores of candidates at Wathora Higher Secondary in Chadoora tehsil were forced to write the paper “under candles”, a student told this reporter.
“It was so dark at the centre. We wrote the papers under candles. To add to that, they took many of us outside, where it was very cold,” complained the student.
Scores of candidates from examination centres across Kashmir complained of the same harrowing experience with some of them ending up “missing” some of the questions.
With the rooms “too dark” a student from Khag area of Budgam district said that they “could not write anything and left some questions unanswered”.
The inconvenience faced by the candidates due to the unelectrified government schools corroborates Kashmir Reader’s report which was coincidentally published on Friday itself.
The report, on the basis of a reply by CEO Budgam to an RTI application, said that more than 81 percent government schools in the district were without elctricity connection.
The RTI was filed by activist Dr Raja Muzaffar Bhat in September to DSEK, which referred the application to CEO Budgam.
The distressing situation was faced by candidates even in Srinagar city, corroborated a Superintendent at an examination centre in downtown Srinagar.
Joint Secretary Examination, JKBOSE, Syed Abdul Rauf acknowledged the inconvenience faced by the students.
Rauf said that their inspection teams made alternative arrangements wherever they found the light at the examination centres insufficient.
He added that fron November 5 the new timing would be from 1:30-4:30 pm.