The Jammu and Kashmir government will continue the ‘no-detention policy’ this academic session to promote all students, except of Class 10 and 12, in view of the four-month school disruption due to the ongoing unrest in the Valley.
The government on Thursday announced that students of Classes 1 to 9 and Class 11 would be promoted irrespective of their performance in the exams.
Schools in the Valley have remained closed for more than four months owing to curfews, shutdowns and protests following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in an encounter on July 8. The students had appeared for their Term-1 (half-yearly) examinations before the unrest began.
The school education department also waived off the Term-2 (year-ending) examinations for Class 8, 9 and 11 students of all government and government-recognised private schools in Kashmir for the current academic session.
The order issued by commissioner secretary school education department, Shaleen Kabra, said that holding classes to cover the syllabi for Term-2 “at this stage is not feasible”.
“It is imperative that the new session commences on time so that students’ interests can be safeguarded and normal academic activities can be restored,” the order reads.
Education has been a talking point in the Valley’s polarised political discourse during the current unrest, when schools have remained shut for the past 132 days.
Following political debates over holding exams in either November or March, the state government, in an unprecedented decision, decided to hold the Class 10 and 12 board exams twice — in November with 50% syllabus and in March next year with the full syllabus for students who fail to appear this time.
Over 96% students of Class 10 and 12 are currently appearing in their board examinations.