As student protests spread, Govt sounds exam bugle

Makes 90% attendance, Golden Test mandatory

Syed Rizwan Geelani
Srinagar, Publish Date: May 20 2017 12:11AM | Updated Date: May 20 2017 12:11AM
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With no let-up in student protests across Kashmir, the J&K government on Friday announced dates for mid-term exams in schools while making ‘Golden Test’ for classes 10th and 12th “mandatory.”

A circular issued by Director School Education Kashmir asked all school heads to conduct mid-term exams from 5th to 12th classes from mid-June.

“However the Golden Test for 10th and 12th classes shall be mandatory contrary to the past practice where it was optional,” the circular read.

The instructions have come at a time when the J&K government is grappling to put an end to student protests in Kashmir.

Sources said the DSEK circular seems to be move to break up student protests that have spread in the past one month.

However, Minister for Education, Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari said the circular has been issued to continue with academic activity in schools.

“We can’t afford any disruption in the set academic calendar as it will prove detrimental for the students’ career,” he told Greater Kashmir.

Asked why student protests are yet to die down, he said: “I have time and again told students that if any student is detained, he will be released. But for that, let the students approach me. I have already kept my e-mail address and contact number available in public domain,” Bukhari said.

Campuses erupted across Kashmir in wake of Pulwama incident where government forces barged into degree college on April 15 and thrashed at least 50 students. The action triggered massive student protests across the Valley, forcing closure of educational institutions for at least a week.

Meanwhile, the teaching work in SP and MP schools in Srinagar will remain suspended on Saturday, Deputy Commissioner Farooq Ahmad Lone said. 

However, parents say closing down institutions to avoid students protest will result in loss of time which will prove detrimental for them in the upcoming exams.

Meanwhile, the DSEK ruled out any possibility of change of dates in mid-term examination and Golden Test.

“The dates notified for Mid-Term examination will be followed strictly and under no circumstances any change will be allowed,” the circular read.

“Annual exam will be conducted in the month of September and the concerned school heads have to certify that 100 percent syllabus has been covered, even if additional classes have to be organized,” it reads.

The DSEK further ordered that only those candidates will be allowed to sit in the exams who have obtained more than 90 percent attendance in their classes.

“The number of days attended in classes will be calculated w.e.f May 15 till the annual exam notification issued for the examination,” the circular read.