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It''s good to hear from the minster that 11th class exams would now be held by the Board

GKNN
Srinagar, Publish Date: Feb 21 2018 10:38PM | Updated Date: Feb 21 2018 10:38PM

The announcement by the education minister that the 11th class examinations will be conducted, from this sessions, by the JK Board of School Education is a welcome step. By doing so the minister has rolled back the earlier decision of dropping the 11th class exams form the Board schedule and shifting the responsibility to each Higher Secondary School to conduct exam for its 11th class students. The same was given the nomenclature of House Exam. This decision must have been taken after some degree of deliberation, may be, keeping in view the overall changing trend in examinations patterns. But the fact of the matter is that it had a devastating effect on our education system. The civil society members, who gave some thought to this problem, were of the strong opinion that the class 11th exams should be held the same way as it used to be. Now that it has been announced, it must come as a relief to parents, teachers, and the society at large. By losing the competitive grip over the students just after they started preparing for their journey to excel in the academic world, the House Exam for the 11th class would unsettle the whole thing. It would turn students complacent, and hence affect adversely their performance. After working hard in the 10th grade the students would take the next year as a year of relaxation, and this would derail them. Needless to say that once a student is derailed the recovery becomes difficult. That would then contribute to the overall dismal performance of our students in various competitive exams. In fact the years comprising secondary and higher secondary education are most crucial in the life of a student. Anything that amount to relaxing the grip on him during these years is bound to have a long term negative effect on him. So it's good to hear from the minster that from henceforth 11th class exams would be held by the Board, like it was earlier. It is an opportune moment to convey to the ministry, and the Board authorities, that further steps should be taken to enhance the competitive atmosphere in the schools for all these years. Up next the minister must take serious steps in making schools as the centre of imparting education. The culture of coaching has devastated the whole thing. Some structural changes must be done to set the system right.  

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