Amidst the indecisiveness over holding of exams for lower classes including 8th, 9th and 11, the Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) has moved a proposal to seek directions from the government for promotion of lower class students.
The Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) Ajaz Ahmad Bhat said they have written to the government regarding the issue and are hopeful to take a final decision within two days. "We have written to government regarding the lower class exams. We didn't ask for mass promotion of students but gave them a clear picture about the studies of students," Bhat said.
He said the final decision will be taken within two days. "In our proposal we have put a stress for students of class 8th and 11th,"the DSEK said.
He however was quick to add that department is aware about the fact that students have remained detached from their books for the past four months given the prolonged closure of schools in Kashmir. "We have written to government that lower class students didn't attend their classes. We have conducted term I of students of lower classes but a decision has to be taken for their second term exams," Ajaz Bhat said.
The DSEK said even if students attended community classes during the uprising but the facility was not availed by the students everywhere. "We have mentioned this in our proposal. The Government will take a decision for lower class students within two days."
Meanwhile, Private Schools' Association of Kashmir (PSAK) has urged the government to clear its stand on the fate of lower class students.
"Private schools decided to provide provisional promotion to the classes 1st to 9th and class 11 as a humane gesture, but government is maintaining a silence on the final decision," said President PSAK G N Var.
The association urged the government to come clear on its stand whether students have to appear in annual exams or they will be granted promotion for their higher classes. "If government approves mass promotion for lower class students it will be a win-win situation for all and if it decides to go ahead with the examinations then we will also prepare accordingly," Var said.
He said the indecisiveness of government was has made students a silken sufferer. "We took the decision of provisional promotion as private schools usually register 100 percent pass percentage and examinations constitute just an evaluation to determine the merit," he said.
Referring to National Policy and Right to Education Act Var said no student can be detained upto class 8th.
"We are trying hard to bring some semblance to disturbed academic calendar, but we are not finding equal partners in government. They are more concerned with Class 10 and 12 examinations but other classes are equally important and we need to take a final call."