About 99 per cent of Class X students Tuesday appeared in the annual board examinations in the Valley with only a single episode of stone throwing reported from south Kashmir’s Pulwama. A day after about 95 per cent students of Class XII appeared in the examinations, Class X students, who were appearing in their maiden board exam, flocked to the examination centres along with their parents in private cars, autos and even on two-wheelers.
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Officials said out of 56,277 students, who had applied for the November examinations, 55,500 were present at the examination centres to take Science and Home Science exams.
“Some 700 students were absent, but overall the examination went on peacefully and all the arrangements were in place,” an official in J&K Board of School Education said. Police and paramilitary forces remained deployed outside the 554 examination centres as students wrote the papers.
“A minor incident of stone pelting took place outside an examination centre at Koil village of Pulwama, but the situation was immediately brought under control,” police said.
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The J&K government had announced 50 per cent relaxation in the syllabus because of the lesser number of working days in schools. The Class X and Class XII examinations would be held in March next year for the students who chose not to appear this time.
“The paper was not that easy, but the choice of questions made it possible to attempt the maximum marks,” Mehreen, a Class X student, who took the examination at Women’s College in Srinagar’s Lal Chowk said.
The parents and relatives accompanying the children remained outside the examination centres as students wrote their papers. In absence of the public transport because of shutdown in the Valley, many students were also seen walking to reach the examination centres.
‘Students gave befitting reply to terrorists’
New Delhi: HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday described the high student turnout in the Valley for the board examination as a “surgical strike” on terrorism. “For the past several months, schools in the Valley were shut, over 30 had been burnt. But students from Jammu and Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh, have given a befitting reply to terrorists with a presence of 95 per cent in the board exam held on Monday,” he said. ENS