Srinagar, Nov 12: After successful conduct of first paper of class 10 off-line examination peacefully on Wednesday, the annual Class 12th examination, being conducted by J&K State Board of School Examination (JKBOSE), commenced on Thursday in the Kashmir valley amid COVID-19 safety measures, including maintaining social distancing, officials said here.
The examinations of 10 and 12 classes are the first offline education-related activity since the pandemic broke out in the valley in March this year. However, education department had ordered reopening of high and higher secondary schools in September after remaining closed for six months due to COVID-19 pandemic. But majority students stayed away from their educational institutions.
The class 12th examination was actually to start from November 10 but was rescheduled from today.
They said other COVID-19 safety measures are also in place to give a secure environment to the students. “Facemasks have been made mandatory for students and examiners in all the centres in the valley,” they said, adding all the examination centres were also fumigated to minimize the risk of infection.
In many examination centres, Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) workers were sanitizing classrooms before the start of examination. Students without wearing masks were not being allowed to enter the examination hall. However, at some places they were provided masks.
“This year, the number of examination centres were almost doubled to maintain social distancing in view of COVID-19 pandemic,” they said.
The closure of schools in March this year had comes as a setback for the students who resumed classes after seven months due to lockdown in Kashmir post abrogation of special status of erstwhile state of J&K and winter vacation from December to March.