Concession, is that education? Ask parents

As students on Monday appeared in higher secondary exams with 50 percent relaxation in syllabus, parents lambasted government for ‘marring the future of students in the name of concession.
Concession, is that education? Ask parents
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As students on Monday appeared in higher secondary exams with 50 percent relaxation in syllabus, parents lambasted government for 'marring the future of students in the name of concession.'

"Is this education where students are made to appear in exams on concession?" asked a parent from Srinagar whose daughter had come to appear in exam at Women's Degree College MA Road.

Parents castigated the government for keeping two options for exams which according to them frustrated the students. "My daughter was not ready to appear in exams till the last moment. But I convinced her to appear as we don't know when normalcy will return in Kashmir," he said.

"If government has an option of March then they should have not conducted exams in November amid such tight security arrangement which has caused sense of insecurity among the students," the parents said.

Lamenting closure of schools for the past four months the parents said government should have taken steps for restoration of normalcy in Kashmir rather than scheduling exams.

"Our kids appeared in today's exams because of parental pressure otherwise they were not ready for it given the prevailing situation in Kashmir," said a group of female parents waiting for their kids outside exam centres.

"The decision to provide relaxation in syllabus was also taken at the last moment which frustrated the students. This exam is not for only students but parents as well. We have not stepped out of homes for last four months but convinced our children to appear in exams."

Some students opined that November exams were better for average students who don't aim for competitive exams. "I am an average student and I preferred to appear in today's exams. But this relaxation will prove detrimental for those students who aim to appear in AIEE, NEET and other exams," said Ahsan, a student from Khanyar.

Parents said relaxation in syllabus will fall as a sword on students and they won't be able to compete in national level exams. "They are going back to oblivion. This exam is worse than exams held in 90s," said a parent from Rajbagh.

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