Lower class exams conclude in Kashmir

The term-II exams of students of class 5 to class 9 concluded on Thursday across Kashmir.

An official said the exams were conducted in the government-run schools under the supervision of State institute of Education (SIE). “The exams were held smoothly in all the schools with proper arrangements for the students,” said Principal SIE, Mehboob Hussain.

He said the SIE prepared home based assignments for students of lower classes and were distributed among them through heads of the institutions.

“Once the assignments were successfully distributed among students we were able to take decision on holding term-II exams,” Hussain said.

The exams for lower classes were held despite no class work in the schools across Kashmir. The educational institutions in Kashmir were closed on August 5, the day the government of India announced its decision to abrogate Article 370 of Constitution.

The high schools remained closed from August 5 to September 2 while as the higher secondary schools reopened on October 3. The primary schools were closed on August 5 and started functioning again from August 19 while as middle schools resumed functioning from August 26.

The administration had decided to reopen schools in a phased manner. But only teachers reported to their respective schools.

“We were able to held term-II exams as the term first and Unit 3rd exams in most of the schools were already completed by July end. Despite having less number of working days in schools, the department decided to conduct the exams,” the official said.

The official said the decision about new academic session in government schools will be taken after deliberations in the department.