As schools burn, Kashmir prepares for board exams

Srinagar: The annual board examinations, scheduled to begin in Kashmir on Monday, will be an acid test for the PDP-BJP coalition government which announced the schedule for examinations despite opposition from various quarters, including the student community.

The exams have special importance as they will be conducted in the face of schools across Jammu and Kashmir being burnt by arsonists leaving students in the lurch.

All arrangements have been put in place for the smooth conduct of the examinations for the Class 10 and 12 which are scheduled to start on November 14 and 15, respectively, officials said, allaying fears of any trouble or inconvenience to the students appearing for the annual exams.

“All arrangements are in place for over one lakh students scheduled to appear for the Class X and XII class examinations. While 484 exam centres have been set up for about 48,000 candidates for Class XII examination across Kashmir division, as many as 550 exam centres have been established for 55,000 candidates for Class X examination,” an official of School Education department said.

Schools in the Valley went on a two-week summer holiday on July 1 but could not resume functioning due to the unrest which was triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani along with his two associates in an encounter with security forces in a village in Kokernag area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on July 8.