Monday saw the commencement of the Jammu and Kashmir State Board examinations for Classes 10 and 12 being marked by a remarkable 94.53 percent. Due to the present state of affairs in the state, the board has decided to hold the class 10 and 12 examination is two parts- once in November with half of the syllabus and the rest in March 2017.
Official sources said that 30,213 of the total 31,964 students wrote the exam held across the State. South Kashmir’s Anantnag district which has been the face of turmoil since Burhan Wani’s death recorded one of the highest percentage of turnout. Known to have been one of the most affected districts, witnessing massive protests and unrest- one which has left more than 94 people dead and thousands harmed, the district saw a turnout of 4740 students out of the total strength of 4926 students. Kulgam district also saw a turnout of 92.98 percent students.
“Given the excitement and happiness among students outside the examination centres, it seems the past four months of Naeem Akhtar have been forgiven.” reported journalist Sofi Ahsan on his Facebook page.
“The hollowness of the claims and postures of the Hurriyat Conference stands exposed yet again. The situation highlights their irrelevance in the Kashmiri thought process that is focused only on peace, progress and prosperity,” added Dr. Simrit Kahlon, an academician and commentator on Jammu and Kashmir.
While the huge attendance is being looked upon as a positive sign by educationists around the country, experts also feel that the state and the board have ensured such a turnout by leaving no stone unturned in terms of security for the students. A large number of contingents of police and paramilitary forces have been positioned in and around the vicinity of the 484 centres of the Standard 12 exams and 545 exam centres for Class 10 students.
Owing to the almost impromptu nature of the examinations, many students and parents still continued to complain due to lack of preparation. However a large section of students walked out of the examination halls with smiles on their faces.
Braving the cold winter, Nazish Bashir, a student of Kothi Bagh Government Girls Higher Secondary School in Srinagar mentioned that while a lot of her friends weren’t willing to give the exams due to lack of guidance and preparation- owing to the schools being shut for the last quarter “The paper was easy. I used to study at home. Sometimes I would face difficulty but I consulted my brother. Despite sitting at home for the last four months, I managed to do very well today,”.