Students of Kashmir valley have suffered terribly as a result of the prolonged unrest that triggered by the killing of Burhan Wani, a leader of the Kashmir-based terrorist group Hizb-ul-Mujahideen along with his two associates in an encounter with security forces in a village in Kokernag area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on July 8.
The unrest has left 86 persons dead and thousands injured while hundreds of people including students were booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) for participating in the protests. Many schools have remained closed on account of the violence on the streets. In other cases, the Wahhabi hardliners in the valley have made sure that schools and colleges remained shut. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, school-going children have had to bear the brunt of the consequences.
But in what is most certainly a welcome move, is that the J&K government has announced a mass promotion of students from classes five to nine and 11. In a major relief to students who have missed their classes, the state government has announced mass promotion of students to next levels and also ordered continuation of “No-Detention” policy for the current academic session.
For the current academic session, the government has waived off the Term-2 examinations for the students of all Classes including 8th, 9th and 11th for all government schools and the recognized private schools of Kashmir.
No matter of so many opposition from various quarters including students, the annual board examinations were kick-started by the government a per its schedule. The examinations for the 12th and 10th classes started on November 14 and 15, respectively, and are underway and recorded above average attendance after the government decided to provide 50 percent relaxation in syllabus.
The government has also decided to hold separate examination for class 10 and 12 in March next year if they fail to appear in already scheduled exams in November but the students had to attempt 100 per cent of the question paper at that time.
The schools in border areas have also started running as usual from 15 November after the government ordered their closure on 1 November following repeated shelling and firing from Pakistan.