Srinagar, Nov 15: Defying Separatists’ order to keep schools shutdown, Class 12 students appeared for their state board exams on Monday. Schools have been forcibly shut down for the past four months in the valley. As the schools were shut down due to the ongoing unrest in the valley, syllabus was reduced by 50 per cent. Schools were shut down earlier this year in July, following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. Students were severely affected due to the curfews and protests that affected their studies.Also Read - Viral Video: Newly-Wed Bride & Groom Make Roti Together As Part of Kashmiri Wedding Ritual | Watch
More than 30 schools were torched in the ongoing unrest in Kashmir. Class 10 exams began on Tuesday and both board exams will continue until December 3 in more than 1,000 centres across the Valley. Earlier this month, the Centre had earlier asked the Mehbooba Mufti government to check stops attempts of burning down of several schools and make efforts for reopening the schools. The Home Ministry directed to the Jammu and Kashmir government to ensure protection of schools, mainly the vulnerable to attacks. Centre also said that attempts for reopening all educational institutions across the Valley should be made. (ALSO READ: Centre asks Jammu & Kashmir government to make efforts to reopen schools) Also Read - Our Aim is That No Civilian Gets Killed, Terrorism is Wiped Out From Valley: Amit Shah in Jammu Rally
Times of India quoted, Zahoor Ahmad Chatt, chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir School Board of Education, who said that out of 32,044 students, 30,292 appeared for the tests on Monday. He also said that the exams were conducted without any disruption. Security arrangements were made at 484 exam centres across the Valley while around 6,200 teahcers were deployed as suprintendents. Exam centres were categorised as ‘hypersensitive’, ‘sensitive’ and ‘normal’ owing to vulnerability of the place. Eight centres in South Kashmir were shifted by board authorities due to stone pelting and other security reasons. Also Read - Amit Shah Inaugurates Srinagar-Sharjah International Flight, Says Move Will Help Boost Tourism
Twenty-five boys and girls took the Arabic language class 12 test at Government Girls’ Higher Secondary School at Hyderpora, near the home of Hurriyat separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
Ceasefire violation and cross-border firing has also affected the normal functioning of schools in the valley. Thousands of civilians were rehabilitated, while 200 schools were shut down due to the turmoil. (ALSO READ: Jammu and Kashmir: Pakistan firing causes 200 border schools to shut down)
PTI reported that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also said to be worried about the shutdown of educational institutions for such a long period. The Jammu and Kashmir government directed the state Board of School Education to notify over 500 schools to conduct regular examinations, as per the Home Ministry’s advice. The Examinations for Class X will commence from November 15 and will end on November 28 while examinations for Class XII will begin on November 14 and culminate on December 3.