Braving months of unrest in the state and chilling winter, nearly 95% students appeared for class 12th Board exams in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. The exam began peacefully in the state with around 32,000 students writing papers in the valley after schools remained shut for over four months due to the unrest after Hizbul commander Burhan Wani’s encounter.
Despite public transport not playing due to separatist sponsored strike thousands of students managed to reach exam centres. As the state government followed ‘relaxation’ pattern most of the students were happy after the examination and said the ‘the paper was easy’.
The official said the overall attendance of the students was up by 2.56% from last year. The exam was conducted smoothly at more than 450 centres across Kashmir, including 73 in the summer capital.
Class 10th exam in the state is going to start on Tuesday with more than 50,000 boys and girls expected to write their papers amid heightened security. The government had decided to hold the exams as scheduled despite demands by parents that they be put off as the unrest had disrupted educational activities in the Valley.
Following months of civilian unrest during which at least 30 schools were set on fire, huge contingents of police and paramilitary forces have been deployed in and around exam centres for Standard 12 exams and for Class 10 the exam.
Minor stone-pelting incidents were reported at a few places in Pulwama, Shopian, Budgam, and Baramulla, which did not affect the conduct of the examinations.The miscreants were chased away by the security forces without affecting the test.
South Kashmir has been the worst hit in the ongoing unrest in the valley following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter on July 8.