November 2016 News

98% Students Appear In Class 10 Exams

15 November 2016
Greater Kashmir
Syed Rizwan Geelani

Srinagar: A day after successful conduct of class 12 exams, over 98 percent students of class 10 appeared in their examinations which were held amid tight security arrangements on Tuesday. As per official figures, 55500 students out of 56277 appeared in the exams while 777 remained absent. The figures issued by Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) reveal that south Kashmir's Pulwama district witnessed highest percentage of students who appeared in exams. As per the figures, 4613 out of 4656 students appeared in 48 exam centres set up in the district. The percentage of students appearing in exams was 99.07 percent. As many as 43 students remained absent. Pulwama district was followed by Srinagar district wherein 98.87 percent students appeared in the examination. Around 8488 out of 8585 students appeared in the district while as 97 remained absent. Government has set up 78 exam centres for the students in the district. In north Kashmir's Kupwara district 98.78 percent of students appeared in the exams, 98.73 percent appeared in Ganderbal district. The exams were held amid the watchful gaze of police and paramilitary forces outside the examination centres. Parents however attributed the attendance of students to smooth conduct of class 12 exams on Monday. 'Earlier students were worried about the situation but they gained confidence after smooth conduct of class 12 exams yesterday,' said Muhammad Aslam, a parent from Rajbagh. 98.65 percent students appeared in exams in north Kashmir's Baramulla district. In Anantnag (Islamabad) the attendance of students was 98.54 percent, 98.51 percent in Budgam. North Kashmir's Bandipora district witnessed 98.29 percent attendance of students in 32 exam centres. The percentage of students who appeared in the exams was 98.26 percent in Kulgam district while as in Shopian district it was 97.69 percent. Government has set up 35 exam centres for class 10 in Kulgam and 28 in Shopian. 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 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. Meanwhile the students who appeared in exams on Tuesday were jubilant over the standard of the paper. 'The standard of paper was good. We didn't face any difficulty in attempting the questions. The supervisory staff was also soft on students,' said AbidHussain, a student from Sadarbal. The students however complained about the poor heating arrangements in exam centres. 'There was no heating arrangement in our exam centres. Students shivered during the exams inside the examination hall,' said Omar, who appeared in exams at SP Higher Secondary School Srinagar. Similar complaints were received from students who appeared in exams at other centres in city. Director School Education Kashmir Ajaz Ahmad Bhat said they have taken measures to provide adequate facilities in all the exam centres. 'We also received some complaints regarding poor heating arrangements but from next paper we will ensure proper arrangements are in place at every exam centre,' Bhat said. Parents who were accompanying the students rued the non-availability of public transport saying that reaching exam centres proved a tiresome exercise for them. 'Earlier students would reach their exam centres conveniently but this time we are facing a tough time,' said Muhammad Irshad, a parent from Soura. 'Government made the exams a point of prestige for them at the cost of future of students. They didn't make any efforts to restore normalcy in Kashmir but forced exams on students to portray normalcy here.' Meanwhile Special Director General of Police, Law and order, SP Vaid said the exams were held smoothly without any disruption. 'There were no disruptions in or around exam centres,' Vaid said. A senior police official said the deployment of JK Police personnel and paramilitary forces is done as per the categorization of exam centres as Sensitive, Hypersensitive and Normal. 'Besides we assess the distance of the exam centre from the locality. If the exam centre is situated in a far off place then we prefer to deploy more troops there,' he said.