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Valley school shifts class XII to Delhi

Delhi Public School-Srinagar is moving all its Class XII students to several of its branches in Delhi to ensure that violence in the Valley does not affect their preparation for board exams.

india Updated: Aug 19, 2010 01:46 IST
Toufiq Rashid

Delhi Public School-Srinagar is moving all its Class XII students to several of its branches in Delhi to ensure that violence in the Valley does not affect their preparation for board exams.

The students have not been able to complete even 30 per cent of their syllabi because of frequent shutdowns, particularly in the past two months.

"We have not had a single practical class this year. We haven't seen the labs," said a Class XII student of the school.

There are around 100 students in the batch. In Delhi, they will study for two months.

"We are also sending the teachers along so that they can maintain the continuity of their syllabi and get them to do practicals and other assignments as well," said K.K. Sharma, principal, DPS-Srinagar.

"The school management will provide hostel facilities to students. Those who have local guardians can choose to stay on their own," he said.

Teachers of other classes have fallen back on online assignments for students since last month. Other schools in Srinagar are also struggling to cope with the syllabi.

"Students were given test papers on Tuesday to be completed at home. It's meaningless because even if a child has not studied, they will get 100 percent marks," said the mother of a Class VI student at Tyndale Biscoe School, the Valley's oldest missionary school.

Students at government schools, who have no computers, suffer the most.

"Our problem is that students coming to our schools don't have access to things like computers, so nothing can be done online," said Shagufta Parveen, director of school education, Kashmir.