Class XI students given centres without requisite teachers, labs for practical exams

Class XI students given centres without requisite teachers, labs for practical exams
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Srinagar: The J&K Board of School Education (JKBOSE) has left scores of class 11 students from S P Higher Secondary School, Srinagar fuming as the centres allotted to them for their practical examinations were bereft of expert teachers and the required equipment.
A school official alleged the Board had not done “any prior exercise’ before allotting the centres.
The students whose practical exams for typing /shorthand and psychology were scheduled at Higher Secondary School, Jawahar Nagar and Islamia Higher Secondary, Rajouri Kadal were left agitated as the allotted schools told them that they did not have the specialized teachers and laboratories.
A student allotted the HSS Jawahar Nagar for typing and shorthand test told Kashmir Reader that the officials at the school sent them back to S P School for the exams.
“As we gave the practical exams of previous papers also at the same school, they had told us beforehand that they had no required laboratories for conducting the exams,” he added.
An official at SP School attributed the problem to Board’s inexperience in conducting the class 11 examinations.
The class 11 annual exams, were so far conducted by the respective schools, but were held by JKBOSE this year.
“They have allotted the centers without trying to know beforehand whether the particular schools can really conduct the practical exams,” the official said.
He added that students allotted Islamia School, Rajouri Kadal and Burn Hall School Srinagar also had to face a lot of inconvenience.
“At Islamia Higher Secondary, there was no required teacher for Psychology as the subject is not taught there. Similarly, the typing and shorthand practicals of students at Burn Hall school could not be held as there is no Commerce stream there,” he said.
In-Charge Joint Secretary Examinations JKBOSE, Syed Abdul Rouf told Kashmir Reader that they had asked Principal S P School to conduct an in-house practical examination of the subjects.