Throwing all norms to wind, authorities in government educational institutions have barred poorly-performing students from appearing in annual examinations.
The schools have asked these students to appear as private candidate in the annual examination of 9th standard this year. Interestingly, the schools have sought affidavit from their parents that they will not claim promotion of their wards to the higher classes. The declaration form is provided by the school authorities to the students of class 9th on the basis of their poor performance.
The declaration submitted by one of the parents, whose daughter has been struck off from a school in Baramulla district, reads, "My ward has been performing weakly in the periodical class tests and six monthly exams. I will be responsible for the consequences thereof and shall not claim to get my ward promoted to the next grade."
The parents are forced to give in writing that they will take the responsibility for the ward appearing in the examination as private candidate.
The school authorities have violated the government guidelines under which no school can detain any student to appear as regular candidate up to 10th class.
"This is sheer injustice with the student who belongs to a poor family," said Sameer Sofi, cousin of the student, adding that teachers in the school have completed only 20 percent of the syllabus in every subject and the same school is forcing students to appear as private candidates in gross violation of rules.
"I don't understand how can a school treat students like this. They are blaming the parents and students for their own weakness.
Director School Education Kashmir, Dr. Shah Faesal, said strict action would be taken against the schools violating guidelines. "We will identify the schools and take strict action against the concerned authorities."