Srinagar: The annual examinations for Class 12th, conducted by the J&K State Board of School Education (JKBOSE) commenced in Kashmir on Tuesday with COVID-19 safety measures in place.
The students at the various examination centers in Srinagar and other districts could be seen adhering to the COVID SOPs like wearing masks, sanitising hands and maintaining social distancing.
The staff deputed at different examination halls for exam duty were seen examining the vital parameters such as oxygen saturation of the students outside the exam centres.
The conduct of exams through offline mode amid COVID-19 is a major school related activity taking place since the pandemic broke out in Kashmir in March last year.
Last year the JK Board conducted the regular examination of class 10th and 12th through offline mode while adhering to all Covid19 SoPs.
In view of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, from last year the number of exam centers has been almost doubled as compared to previous year.
An official from J&K Board said that various preventive measures have been put in place to minimise the spread of the Covid infection.
Notably the students who had come to appear in their exams were jubilant, saying that it was an opportunity to meet their peer group after a gap of one year.
“I am excited because after a long time we will meet friends here. We had to go through a tough time from the last two years due to closure of schools but we worked hard at home and are now ready to appear in exams,” said Raziya, a student outside Kothi Bagh Girls Higher Secondary school.
The students hailed the administration and the JK Board for providing them 30 percent relaxation in the syllabus.
“It was good that the administration realised the situation owing to Covid and announced relaxation in syllabus. It was a much needed relief for the students,” said Shaista, another class 12th student.
“Coaching centers were closed and schools were also shut. Besides, we faced issues of internet connectivity as well. But we were prepared to appear in the exams,” she said.
Parents accompanying their children to the examination centers said they were looking forward for the students to appear in the exams. The parents highlighted the tough times which the students had to witness during the past two years due to closure of schools and coaching centres.
“A student becomes the first victim in any untoward situation and since the last two years they were the worst sufferers. It is really heartening to see that the students mustered courage to write their examinations,” said Farooq Ahmad, a parent.
As per the official figures, around 74000 students have registered for the class 12th examination for which JK Board has set up 739 examination centres in government and private schools across Kashmir. An exam centre for specially abled students has also been set up in Burn Hall School Srinagar as well.
The state executive committee of the department of Disaster Management J&K has already ordered that students appearing in the class 10th and 12th annual examination should carry parents’ consent along on each day of their examinations.