Around 65,000 students appeared for the Class X annual examination in Kashmir on Tuesday. The board examinations began even as the shutdown to protest scrapping of J&K’s special status entered its 85th day.
“Ninety-nine per cent students (in Kashmir) appeared in the exams today. There is no report of any untoward incident,” J&K Board of School Education (BOSE) chairperson Veena Pandita told The Indian Express.
“We set up 615 centres across Kashmir, and everything went smoothly,” said Pandita, adding that Section 144 was imposed outside the examination centres.
Worried parents were seen waiting outside the centres while the examination was in progress. “There is so much uncertainty in Kashmir. There was stone-pelting in the old city, and we had to walk several kilometres to reach the exam venue,” said Sajad Ahmad, a parent outside Srinagar’s SP Model Higher Secondary. Ahmad and his son came from Hawal area of the old city.
“Two years ago, when my elder son appeared in the Class X examination, I didn’t accompany him. But now, I have decided to wait for my younger son. I will take him home myself,” said Masrat Jan, waiting outside the same school.
After 3 pm, the students started coming out of the examination centres. “I was worried about the chapters I could not study in the last three months. But thankfully there was no question from that portion,” said a student from Burn Hall School. “Today’s paper was easy, but lengthy.”
A statement from the administration on Tuesday evening said that around 65,000 students of Kashmir Division and 24,000 students of Winter Zone Jammu Division appeared for Class X examination, for whom 615 and 296 centres, respectively, were set up. “99 per cent students appeared in the examination, which remained incident free,” it said.
The Class XII examinations begin on Wednesday.
The J&K administration had recently announced the date sheet for year-end examinations from Class V to XII in Kashmir. The move was seen as a bid to bring children to school.
Militants attack CRPF post in Pulwama
Meanwhile, PTI reported that militants attacked a bullet-proof CRPF post in Pulwama on Tuesday but officials said there were no casualties. The paramilitary force officials said the militants fired multiple gun shots at a bunker of the 72nd battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force at about 3.30 pm in the Drapgam area of Rajpora in Pulwama.
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