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HS, Inter exams called off in affected areas

THE UP Board has called off Saturday?s High School and Intermediate examinations of all those schools that fall under the Aminabad and Qaiserbagh police circles. As there is no ICSE board examination scheduled on Saturday, the students need not venture out.

india Updated: Mar 04, 2006 01:49 IST

THE UP Board has called off Saturday’s High School and Intermediate examinations of all those schools that fall under the Aminabad and Qaiserbagh police circles. As there is no ICSE board examination scheduled on Saturday, the students need not venture out.

But the fate of CBSE Class XII students was uncertain as the school authorities claimed they have not received any instruction from the district administration or the Board office in this regard. Therefore, it is assumed that the CBSE board examination will take place as per schedule.

Despite repeated attempts, DM Lucknow RN Tripathi could not be reached for his comments even as anxious parents kept calling Hindustan Times office to know how students living in riot-hit areas would make it to the exam centres.

Compounding problems is the BJP’s Lucknow bandh call for Saturday. The bandh has been called to protest against Friday’s rioting. DIOS Vikas Srivastava confirmed the UP Board had made an announcement that the students with centres in the violence-hit areas were had been exempted from appearing for exams. There are some 25 schools in Aminabad and Qaiserbagh. “The examination in these schools will be conducted later. Also the students who are residing in these localities have been exempted from the exams. They would be given opportunity to appear for the paper later. All that they have to do is get it verified from their school principals that they reside in riot-hit areas. The examination would be conducted anytime in middle of the final examination.

Fresh date for the same will be announced later,” he added.

However, things were fluid regarding CBSE examination. Most of the CBSE school managements have expressed their haplessness, as there was no communication either from the Board or the district administration. “So far there is no information and hence examination will be on in our school,” says Jaipal Singh of Rani Laxmi Bai School. In the absence of any authentic information from the district administration, the students preparing for their examinations would go through a testing time. Several CBSE Board examinees, who are residing in the affected area, have moved to other localities so as to avoid inconvenience in reaching their centres. Said Sashank, one such CBSE examinee: “Since my examination is scheduled for Saturday, we have shifted to a friend’s house who stay in Gomti Nagar. It will be easy to commute from this place.”

Meanwhile the principal of Mahila PG College, Aminabad said the college would remain close till March 7. However, it is not yet clear whether schools in general will remain open or not. The district administration is keeping tightlipped on this issue.

First Published: Mar 04, 2006 01:49 IST