Bad move

Greater Kashmir

This refers to the postponement of exams. No doubt the enormity of devastation was beyond the imagination of authorities, but Government was supposed to take some immediate and speedy measures to restore the vital education sector. But to everyone’s surprise  government announced the postponement of annual exams leaving all the stake holders, students, parents  and school authorities disappointed. Deferring exams by a period of five months reflects inertia and faulty policies of our government. It has evoked a strong criticism and resentment from one and all. If the government decides to shift  the session from Oct-Nov to March- April permanently, that makes sense as the harsh winters coupled with poor heating arrangements in exam halls continue to be a major cause of worry for students. But simply delaying this years exams till march does not make any sense. To  save the precious time of students the government had some other good options at its disposal. They could have conducted symbolical examinations in flood-affected schools and for flood affected students. They could have promoted students to the next classes on the basis of their previous performance so that they instead of staying idle could start studying books of the fresh class. But unfortunately the government seems very unconcerned about the future of students whose career hangs in a balance by this illogical and unjust decision. Thousands of poor private school teachers and other non teaching employees will be deprived of their livelihood as parents will not pay extra  school fees (as was reported by this newspaper a few days ago) of their wards stuck in the same class. It is very unlikely that the exams can be conducted in March either as the  government either due to inclement weather or bureaucratic pressure orders extension of winter vacations. This is bound to affect our next session that will be too short to cover entire syllabus Many students immediately after appearing in 10th exams choose their respective subjects and join coaching classes. Similarly students after taking class 12  exams start vigorous preparations  for various competitive exams like CET, AIEE, IIT etc. It will definitely mar their chances to appear in such competitive exams. In all respect the decision has badly damaged the prospect of students.

Hakeem Rouf Qadir
Eid GahRoad Tulmulla Ganderbal
Ex. student  (M.Sc. Botany) Jamia Hamdard New Delhi