Board examinations in Kashmir will remain on schedule and start from Monday amid tight security even as the Valley remains in the grips of the unrest triggered by the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
A total of one lakh students from Classes 10 and 12 are expected to appear in the annual examinations that are taking place against the backdrop of heightened tension between locals and security forces.
State police and members of the J&K education board held a joint meeting to ensure that the exams take place without any hassle. “Foolproof security and transport plans should be put in place and extra care needs to be taken for the examination centres categorised as sensitive and situated in far off places,” special director general of police, law & order, SP Vaid said.
He urged the officers to ensure that the security arrangements designed for the examinations are implemented “keeping in view the local situation”. Officials said police deployment will be increased to prevent any untoward incident from taking place, adding that they have chalked out plans for secure transportation of question papers and answer sheets.
The government decided to hold the exams in November despite disruptions in academic calendar. The students had pressed for the tests to be held in March but officials stood firm on their decision.
The government gave the students the option to either sit for the exams from Monday with a 50% relaxation in syllabus or appear in March with the full course being a part of the exam curriculum.