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Wah 'Birbal'! Exams 12 days away, but BOSE 'not in hurry to relax syllabus'
Valley turmoil
11/2/2016 11:03:20 PM
Early Times Report
SRINAGAR, Nov 2: Even as examinations for Class 10 and 12 in the turmoil-hit Kashmir Valley are just 12 days away, the Board of School Education (BOSE) on Wednesday said it was "in no hurry to declare relaxation in syllabus".
BOSE chairman Zahoor Ahmad said, "I don't know why people are worried about the syllabus relaxation. We are working on it. It may take two to three days to finalize and declare the relaxation to be given to the students of both classes."
The BOSE chairman said that students know how much syllabus they have covered and what to read for exams. "Students know what to read and what to read. They know how much syllabus they have covered. The announcement of relaxation is no issue for them," he said.
Meanwhile, the BOSE chairman's remarks have angered many students and their parents who term it as nothing but a clear confrontation with students who are already having tough times due to "my way or highway diktat" of Education Minister Naeem Akhtar Andrabi.
Many parents told Early Times that when exams are just 12 days away, how could the education ministry adopt such a lethargic approach in addressing the genuine grievance of the students who haven't even completed 30 percent of the syllabus due to the outbreak of violence on July 8.
"You would not find such an attitude of the Education Department anywhere in India. It is only in Jammu and Kashmir where such bizarre scenes are witnessed with students being pushed to the wall," said Showkat Ahmad, a Zainakote, Srinagar, resident.
Showkat whose son is appearing in Class 12th exams said even the practical classes could not be conducted, leave alone studying the routine course. He said he is apprehensive about the future of his son who otherwise is a "promising student".
On social networking sites many students expressed disgruntlement over the attitude of the authorities. "This hasn't happened in the history of the state that exams are just few days away and BOSE is yet to finalise the syllabus. Kudos to the Education Minister," said a student in his Facebook post.
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