Amid Kashmir unrest, students to appear for Class 12th exams today
Amid tough security measures by the government and calls for a shutdown by separatists leaders, over 1oo,ooo students in Kashmir will appear for annual class 12th exam on Monday.
Officials of Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education said all arrangements have been put in place for smooth conduct of the examinations. Examinations for Class 12th and 10th with 50% syllabus cut, which start on November 14 and 15, respectively. They said 1,05,719 students will be appearing in the 10th and 12th class examinations and 1,029 examination centres had been set up across the Valley.
“We have setup 545 centres for 10th class and 484 for 12th class. A total of 55,392 students of 10th Class and 50,327 of Class 12th will be appearing in the exams,” Joint Director J&K BOSE Syed Abdul Rauf told local media.
Schools in the Valley went on a two-week summer holiday on July 1, but could not resume functioning due to the unrest which was triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani along with his two associates in an encounter with security forces in a village in the Kokernag area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on July 8.
The unrest has left 96 persons dead and thousands injured while hundreds of people including students were booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA) for participating in the protests.
The official said over 98 per cent of students have already collected their admit cards to appear in the examinations – an encouraging development attributed to the government decision to provide 50 per cent relaxation in syllabus.