Over 94 percent students of class 12th appeared in their examinations which were held amid tight security arrangements on Monday in Kashmir. As per the official figures, 30213 students out of 31964 appeared in the exams while 1749 remained absent.
The figures reveal that south Kashmir's Anantnag (Islamabad) district witnessed highest percentage of students who appeared in exams. As per the figures, 4740 out of 4926 students appeared in their exams in the district. The percentage of students appearing in exams was 96.1 percent. As many as 189 students remained absent.
Anantnag district was followed by Srinagar wherein 94.3 percent students appeared in the examination. Around 5417 out of 5741 students appeared in the district while as 324 remained absent.
In Budgam district 94.97 percent of students appeared in the exams. 3388 students out of 3564 students marked their presence in their exams while as 176 remained absent. Around 93.92 students appeared in their examination in Ganderbal district. 1175 out of 1259 students were present in the exams while as 84 remained absent.
On Monday, Board of School Education had scheduled examination for Chemistry, Economics, Persian, Arabic and Entrepreneurship subjects.
94.7 percent students appeared in exams in Pulwama district. In Shopain the attendance of students was 93.66 percent. In Kulgam district, around 92.98 percent students marked their presence in the examination centres. In north Kashmir's Baramulla district the percentage of students who appeared in exams today was 93.70. The percentage of students who appeared in the exams was 93.10 percent in Kupwara, 92.80 percent in Bandipora.
Amid the uprising, the government announced dates for the secondary and higher secondary exams on September 23. However, the government faced stiff opposition from students forcing authorities to announce 50 percent relaxation in syllabus for students appearing in November exams.
The government also decided to schedule the class 10 and 12 exams again in March for the students who will fail to appear in November exams.
The students who choose to appear in March, however, won't be given any relaxation in syllabus. They have to attempt 100 percent of the question papers.
"The standard of paper was good for even average student. Firstly we were confused with the pattern of the question as the paper was set as per the previous patterns but later the supervisory staff cleared the confusion and we attempted 50 percent of the questions," said Lone Sohani Bashir, a medical student of Kothi Bagh Government Girls Higher Secondary School Srinagar.
"We were not ready to appear in exams given the closure of schools for the past four months. We couldn't go for private tuitions as well. But we somehow prepared ourselves for exams this time to pass it," said Ahsaan a student of Government Higher Secondary School Nowpora Khanyar. "We appeared in November exams to avoid backlash from the government as it was their decision to hold exams in November. We don't know the fate of March exams."
Given the prevailing situation in Kashmir, students were accompanied by their parents to their exam centres. Fear was visible on the faces of students appearing in the exams. "The moment I reached near exam centre my daughter felt anxious. She said she felt scared with the huge deployment of forces outside the exam centre. I somehow convinced her to appear in the exam centre," said Mansoor Ahmad, a parent from Srinagar.
All the parents accompanying their kids sat outside the exam centres to wait for their kids to come out.
"We are here for safety of our kids. At least we can safeguard our kids here in case any untoward incident happens here. Whole family has been involved in today's exams," said Fancy, a parent from Nawakadal.
At many places the students had to leave their homes early in the morning in absence of public transport. The students complained of lack of transportation facilities at many places besides they complained of poor heating arrangements in the exam centers.
Government has setup 484 exam centres for above 50000 students enrolled in class 12 while as 545 exam centres have been set up for above 55000 students enrolled in class 10th.
Meanwhile five exam centres were shifted in south Kashmir's Pulwama district while as three exam centres were shifted in central Kashmir's Budgam district following disruption in today's exams.
Centre number 6143 and 6144 for class 12th examination located at Higher Secondary School, Noorpora (Tral) have been shifted to Islamic University of Science and Technology Awantipora while as centre number 6143 for Class 10th examination at Girls High School Noorpora (Tral) has been shifted to Mantaqi High School Awantipora.
Also, centre number 6102 and Centre number 6123 for Class 10th examination located at Government High School Tahab (Pulwama) have been shifted to Central High School Pulwama and Degree College Pulwama respectively.
In Budgam, authorities relocated three examination centres from Govern Higher Secondary School (HSS) Soibugh area after miscreants hurled rocks at the schools during the conduct of exams.
Chief Education Officer (CEO) Budgam, Inderjeet Sharma, said they have decided to shift exam centre number 2112 and 2113 to Girls higher secondary school Budgam and Boys higher secondary school Budgam.
Besides, 10th class exam center number 2114 has been shifted to its new location in Degree College Budgam.