55100 students appear in 496 centres
The class 12 annual examination commenced today with 99 percent attendance recorded in around 496 exam centres in the government as well as the private schools in Kashmir and winter zone of Jammu.
The exam is being conducted by JK Board of School Education (BOSE).
A BOSE official said that 55,100 students appeared in 496 exam centres designated by the board. "There was almost 99 percent attendance in today’s examination. JUST one or two students were found absent in some exam centres," joint secretary examination JKBOSE Syed Rouf said.
Today it was the exam of English paper as per the date sheet.
"There were no complaints or grievances by the students," he said.
Joint secretary examination said around 77 shortage cases of 12th class were registered by JKBOSE this year. "The number may be more as certain schools have detained their students of their own," he said.
It may be recalled that J&K government had set a criteria for the students of both classes 10 and 12 to have 66 percent attendance to be eligible to appear in annual exam.
This year the school education department has roped in district administration as well the JK Police for their assistance during conduct of class 10 and 12 exams.
To add, minister for education Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari has instructed deputy commissioners concerned to form flying squads along with chief education officers and police for inspection of exam centres.
Besides, BOSE authorities were asked to deploy officials for lifting and delivery of examination material to the police stations concerned from where they would be taken to exam centres.
Government has authorised deputy commissioners to shift the exam centres where any case of unfair means is reported.
"We have already decided to impose section 144 around exam centres so that no unfair means is reported from any exam centres. We want to ensure that exams are conducted fairly," Shah said.
An official of the school education department meanwhile said that authorities have deputed an official in each exam centre to report to directorate of school education in case supervisory staff or invigilator indulge in unfair means.
"The official will act as informer and on basis of his information, action will be initiated against the official who encourages unfair means inside exam halls," the official said.
It may be recalled that school education department this year took over powers of JKBOSE as the panel of supervisory staff and invigilators was finalised by the director school education in consultation with concerned chief education officers.
Meanwhile on Wednesday minister for education Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari along with secretary school education Farooq Ahmad Shah inspected various schools in Amira Kad constituency designated as exam centres.
The minister visited Jawahar Nagar, Rajbagh and convent higher secondary schools. Later the secretary and the director school education Kashmir also visited J&K Police Public school Bemina.