Govt rules out mass promotion; Hints at ‘delayed exams and reduced syllabus’

Srinagar: The Director School Education, Kashmir, Mir Tariq Ali has reportedly ‘hinted’ at ‘delayed exams and reduced syllabus’ as a remedy for flood-affected students while ruling out mass promotion. The Private Schools United Front (PSUF) that met him on Tuesday said this in a statement. However, no final decision was taken in this regard.

The front met education director to discuss the ways to benefit both students and the school administration, whose establishments were affected in recent floods. “The orders from [education director] ruling out mass promotions has ended a huge uncertainty and set a goal for us to rebuild the affected sector,” said general secretary of the front, G N Var.

“The concerns of students would be taken care of and this years remaining session would be made most productive and less stressful for them,” Var said.

The front said that it agreed to work in tandem with government in reviving the post-flood education sector in Kashmir valley. The representatives of front apprised the education director of the various challenges faced by the education sector and sought ways to redress the same.

“We told the director about the entire situation and what needs to be immediately done to prevent the loss to the students,” said Var. “The director patiently listened to our problem
and extended full cooperation for the benefit for all.”

The front told the director about the heavy loss incurred by the schools, to which director said things would be sought out soon. “Some of the schools are totally damaged and the director told us that some sort of arrangement would be made like accommodating the affected students in other schools,” said Var.

The association requested that some amount be provided to damaged schools on urgent basis so that they will be able to pay salaries to their staff and restart their operations.

The front also wanted waiver of interest on loans taken by private schools from the banks. “The director said that some of the things are under his jurisdiction which he would immediately process whereas some other demands which are outside his jurisdiction would be taken up with concerned authorities,” said Var.

The front asked the education director to eliminate the differentiation between government and private schools and help all with same vigour. “The front wants a joint private-public partnership to overcome this situation of crisis,” said Var.

The meeting was also attended by Joint Director Education, Chief Education Officer (Srinagar) and other officials.