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DSEK proposes term II exams for lower classes in March

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Move draws flak as parents stakeholders raise eyebrows 

By: Muhammad Adnan

Srinagar: The Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) Tasaduq Hussain Mir on Thursday said the Term II exams for lower classes will be held in March next year.

Talking to media persons on the sidelines of a function organised at SKICC, DSEK said they have moved a proposal to the government and recommended that lower class exams should be held in March.

“We have put forth our proposal and the formal announcement will be made by the government within two to three days,” DSEK told reporters here.

The DSEK said the examination of lower classes was held on assessment basis and the students have already appeared in U1, U2 Term I and U3 exams at school level while only Term II exam was to be conducted now.

“As the government has already shifted the exam session to March so most probably the Term II exams of students upto elementary level will be held in March as well,” he said.

He further said the class work in schools will continue till December last week as well. “We will not announce any winter vacation for schools till mercury goes down to below zero (minus). If weather remains favourable then no winter vacation will be announced till December last week,” he said.

The DSEK’s statement however, received criticism from the stakeholders saying that the students in lower primary and primary classes have to appear in their Term II exams for only two chapters and it was not a good decision to have the exam lingering till March.

“We understand that the exam session has been shifted to March but at least for this year, the government should spare these small kids relieve them from exams before commencement of winter vacations,” said Asma Nabi, a parent from Srinagar.

The parents said the School Education Department (SED) should continue with the November session of exams for lower class students.

“From next year, the kids will be mentally prepared for the March session as well. If their Term II exams are kept lingering till March, they will lose their rhythm,” the parent said.

Other stakeholders also opposed the government move to shift the term II exam of lower class students to March, noting that the move will disturb the kids and schedule of schools as well.

“All the lower class students have completed their syllabus already and these days attendance has also gone down as well. These kids have to appear in exams for two to three chapters and should be finished by November for the benefit of students,” said an owner of a private school.

While the DSEK has submitted the proposal and recommended the lower exams in March, all eyes are on the government for its final order.

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