January 2017 News

Unrest Caused Irreversible Loss To Kashmiri Students, Says Report

10 January 2017
The Tribune (Chandigarh)

Jammu: The education sector had been badly hit in the Kashmir valley during the five-month-long unrest, causing 'irreversible loss' to students, the Economic Survey Report has said. 'Due to the closure of schools, the academic session got hit to the extent that it caused irreversible loss of study and tuitions of students. The exams conducted by the J&K Board of Secondary Education for students of Classes X and XII covered only 50 per cent of the total syllabus. However, an option has been given to the students to appear in March (for 100 per cent syllabus coverage) also,' according to the Economic Survey Report, 2016, which was tabled in the Assembly today. It said 31 school buildings were gutted - 17 fully and 14 partially - during the five-month-long unrest following the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani in an encounter whereas 15 school buildings were saved by employees of the Education Department and local community from being burnt. In 2016, schooling could be conducted only for a period of four months in the Kashmir valley, it said. The Class X and XII exams held in November covered only 40 per cent to 50 per cent of the total curriculum, it said, adding that students of Classes I to IX had to be given mass promotion. Around 95 per cent students had appeared in the Class XII board exams and 99 per cent students had appeared in the Class X exams in the Valley and a decision was taken by the government for relaxing the term-2 examination for Classes I to VIII. In higher education institutes, where the session started in March, classwork could be conducted up to July 8 only and from July 9, the colleges had also been closed, resulting in the loss of study of 130 days and more, the report said. This had resulted in the delay in the coverage of first semester syllabus and in the delayed conduct of the exams, it said, adding that protests had also badly affected coverage of other semester studies. Similarly, in the universities of the Valley, classwork at masters level remained badly affected. Work in medical colleges and the NIT was also affected, resulting in stress to students and their parents, the report said.