Postponing annual exams “politically motivated”: JKTF

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Oct 13: Teachers body in Kashmir has termed the recent decision of the Government to conduct annual exams in the region in March next year as “politically motivated”.
The Jammu and Kashmir Teachers Forum (JKTF) said it will fight the decision of the Government “tooth and nail to save the students from becoming scapegoats.”
The forum in a meeting held under the leadership of its president, Abdul Qayoom Wani, expressed anguish over the decision.
The body said the decision to postpone the exams should be a policy decision and not temporary.
“The decision should be permanent and should be based on the pattern of Jammu where the session begins in March,” Wani said.
Meanwhile, Private Schools Association in the Valley has termed as “politically motivated” the Government’s recent decision of conducting the annual exams in March next year and have threatened to sue the Government in the court.
“The move is ‘politically motivated’ to benefit a handful of elite institutions that have been Affected by the last month’s floods. There is no rationale in making lakhs of students in other schools suffer because of it,” said G N Var, General Secretary of Private Schools United Front (PSUF).
In most schools in the Kashmir valley and some parts of the Jammu region, the syllabus is almost completed by August, two term exams are already over, and only annual exams remain to be conducted in October and November, he said, adding there was no need to postpone them.
It also accused the Government for failing to consult school associations or parents’ body before taking such a decision.
“If the change in academic session is permanent, it might help Kashmiri students as they will be able to participate in important entrance exams like JEE,” it said.
“But if it is only for a year, they will have nothing to do for next few months and the next academic session will be too short to cover a year’s syllabus,” The front said.

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