Over 80% 10th, 12th class students opt for Nov session

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Srinagar: The government’s stick and carrot policy on students has worked as over 80 per cent students of class 10th and 12th have opted to appear in examinations in November session with 50% syllabus cut.
According to official data provided by Directorate of School Education, out of total of 126593 class 10th and 12th students in the Valley, 105719 students have enrolled for appearing in the exams to be conducted by J&K Board of School Education from next week.
“So far 55392 students of class 10th and 50327 students of class 12th have enrolled for the exams,” Syed Abdul Rauf Joint Secretary J&K Board of School Education said.
He said over 90 % students have already collected admit cards from their respective schools.
The government had recently provided students a chance to either appear in the exams in November with 50 per cent syllabus curt or in March 2017 year with full syllabus.
Many students said they opted for November session because they don’t want to be caught up in the chaotic situation till March.
“We are appearing in the exams now because in March we have to appear in various competitive entrance examinations. We will not be able to focus on entrance exams throughout winters if we will have this hangover of appearing in 12th class exams in March,” said Muzzamil Amin, a class 12th student.
A group of teachers said that it was always the students choice. “And if majority of them have opted for appearing in the exams now, then we should all respect and appreciate it”, Rising Kashmir reported.
The Private Schools Association has also appreciated the decision of students.
“We always were thinking from the student point of view and it’s a student’s prerogative to either appear in the examination now or in March. If any student opts for appearing in exams now, it is a welcome move. We can criticize the government’s decision on holding the exams now but if students want to appear in exams we should all welcome it,” said G N Var President Private Schools Association.
However, some people criticized the government move of holding the exams now.
“The students are confused because the syllabus scheme isn’t clear enough. The students are appearing in exams so that they don’t remain stuck in this exam fiasco. My 16 year old son is appearing in 12th class exams because we don’t want him to be under stress throughout the winter,” said Nisar Ahmad Wani, father of a 10th class student.
He said the government is not thinking about those students, who are injured or are in jails.
The students had been staging near daily protests in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley to demand deferment of the exams in view of the prevailing tension and unrest. However, government rejected their demand and decided to go ahead with 10th and 12th class exams from third week of November.

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