DSEK fails to conduct Term 1 exams in schools
Srinagar: The school education department has pocketed severe criticism for its failure to conduct Term 1st examination of students from class 5th to 9th in a time bound manner.
The examination for class 5th to 8th commenced from June 25 and was supposed to culminate on July 4. However, the exams are still going on across Kashmir which has enraged parents of students who accuse the department of keeping students away from classrooms.
“Class work is suspended from June in government schools due to postponement of exams for class 5th to 9th. Kids are forced to remain away from their classrooms because of the callous approach of the officials in the education department,” said Muhammad Shafat, a parent from Srinagar.
The frequent delay of question papers due to various reasons resulted in prolonged exams for these primary classes which resulted in no class work in schools.
The move has raised question over holding examination of lower classes at cluster level instead of schools.
“The department should reconsider its decision for holding these exams at cluster level and allow schools to conduct these exams. This way the exams won’t get extended so long,” said a teacher, wishing not to be named.
Pertinently, the exams from 5th to class 9th are conducted by State Institute of Education (SIE) through concerned District Institute of education and Trainings (DIET’s) in every district. But the callous attitude of DIET and SIE officials is telling upon the students as well as the academic standards in schools.
Earlier, the class 9th exam was scheduled from June 26 and was supposed to culminate on July 08 respectively. But the exam was deferred after question papers had gone missing in district Bandipora bringing shame to the department for its failure to maintain security of question papers.
Now the exam for class 9th will commence from 16 and is likely to culminate on July 21.
Shifting of lower class exam to external level (cluster level) has proved costly for the students given the prevailing situation Kashmir. Pertinently, complaints were received about mistakes and misprints in question papers. Also, DIET’s had not provided proper stationery to schools for holding the exams smoothly.
“Such incidents raised questions over seriousness of DIET institutes,” said another teacher.
Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) G N Itoo when contacted said the issue will be discussed with administrative department for further consultation over conduct of lower class exams.