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Besieged Kashmiri students not ready for board exams

October 14, 2019

Srinagar, October 14, 2019 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, with authorities deciding to hold class 10 and class 12 board exams from last week of October, anxious students reeling under unprecedented clampdown for the 71st day, today, cite incomplete syllabus as the reason for their non-readiness to face examinations.

All the educational institutions, including schools, colleges and universities, across Kashmir are shut since August 5, when the Indian government repealed the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. However, the authorities have issued date sheets with examinations for class 10th starting from October 29 and class 12 from October 30 in an apparent move to show the world that the situation in under control. But students say they have not completed the syllabus due to the continuous closure of educational institutions.

“We are in a fix and don’t know how to prepare for the exams. We couldn’t attend classes for the last more than two months and it won’t be possible for us to appear in the examination that too in a short span of time,” said Faiq Dar, a class 12th student.

He asked the authorities to postpone the exams until the syllabus is completed. Rabia Akhtar, a 10th class student said passing the qualifying examination was not enough in today’s competitive world, “but better grades matter.”

“Students in Kashmir are becoming victims of political uncertainty, which is unfortunate. It is not the first time that our studies have been badly affected due to strikes, curfews and uncertainty. It has become a norm,” she rued.

For more information, contact:
Kashmir Media Service
Phone: +92-51-4435548, +92-51-4435549
Fax: +92-51-4861736

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