An organization of private schools in Kashmir Valley on Saturday condemned the government's decision to postpone the annual examinations till March next year, terming it a "politically motivated" move and threatened to approach the court on the issue.
"Despite only a small number of schools getting affected, government has put in jeopardy the academic year of all the students. 90 per cent of school students and 80 per cent of all college students remained unaffected during the floods, but government has en masse postponed all the examinations.
This is sheer injustice to the entire student community," G N Var, general secretary Private Schools United Front (PSUF) said in a statement.
Var said by the end of August, all schools had almost completed their syllabus and there was no need to postpone the examinations.
Annual examinations are held in schools in October and November in Kashmir Valley and some parts of Jammu region.
"The syllabus was complete and two term exams were also conducted, so now was the time for (annual) exams only," he said, adding a different approach to deal with the situation was needed.
"There were other options like conducting symbolic exams or considering performance in previous terms for promotion to upper class," he said.
He accused the government of taking up a "politically motivated" decision to benefit just few schools.