Srinagar November 20 : The annual Jammu Kashmir board examinations for Class 10th in Kashmir valley commenced on Saturday amidst COVID-19-related preventive measures. The COVID-19 preventive measures are put in place by the authorities to check the spread of the infection among the students, officials said.
As per the official figures around 80000 students have registered for the examination for which JK Board has set up 791 examination centres in government and private schools across Kashmir.
“We have also set up an exam centre for specially-abled students in Burn Hall School Srinagar. A team of the Health Department will be available there for students besides a facility of waiting hall for parents will also be available in the school during exam days,” Joint Secretary Examination in JBOSE, Prof Aijaz Hakak told.
He said all the preparations have been done as per the guidelines issued by the State Executive Committee for complete adherence to the Covid19 protocol.The heads of the institutions have been asked to ensure adequate heating and lighting arrangements in the examination halls, Joint Secretary Examination said.
“ The heads of the schools where exam centres have been set up, have been asked to ensure all the Covid19 guidelines issued by the government for holding exams, are followed in letter in spirit,” he said.The state executive committee of the department of Disaster Management J&K has already ordered that students appearing in the class 10th and 12th annual examination should carry parents’ consent along on each day of their examinations.
As already reported, in view of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic the students appearing in class 10th to 12th annual examination have been given 30 percent relaxation in syllabus will be treated as 100 per cent for result computation by the JK Board.The JK Board has however reduced the time allotted for attempting the question papers during examination.The papers having three hours duration shall be having only two and a half hours time period for attempting the questions.
On asking about the COVID-19 protocol to be followed in the examination Joint secretary told like last year, the number of examinations has increased to ensure proper distance is maintained between the examinees in the examination halls.
“Only 50 percent seating capacity will be occupied in one exam hall in order to maintain proper distance,” he said”.