PSAJK welcomes govt decision for allowing schools to conduct class 8 exams

PSAJK welcomes govt decision for allowing schools to conduct class 8 exams

Srinagar: Private Schools’ Association of Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) on Sunday welcomed the government decision to allow schools to conduct class 8 examinations instead of SIE (State Institute of Education) and DIET (District Institute of Education and Training).
In a statement, the association hailed statement of Advisor Khurshid Ahmad Ganai.
Ganai has said that schools have been entrusted to conduct the annual examinations from current academic session that were previously conducted by SIE and DIET.
“This is one of the biggest news for education sector in recent times. Earlier the centralised examination conducted by SIE and DIET had become worthless and loss its relevance due to host of problems. Markings were biased, element of corruption had crept in, no truthful evaluation of children could take place,” said G N Var, chairman PSAJK.
“Now the entire system will get streamlined,” he added.
The association termed it as an academically viable decision which will ensure every child is assessed properly. “The earlier examinations were sheer wastage of time and resources. The schedule would often clash with interests of schools and the situation on ground. There would be frequent postponements of papers and even after exams the time would be wasted in checking, evaluation etc. Now schools can conduct exams as per their convenience and declare results accordingly without wasting any time. Schools don’t have to wait for SIE date sheet,” said Var. “Secondly there is a huge learning gap between children of private schools and government schools. The single exam was unable to do justice with their evaluation. Under new system there would be fair evaluation as schools would self-assess the performance of their students. We will achieve the objectives of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation.”
The association said that it will also eliminate corruption.