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Repeat change of Class 8 exam dates leaves 1.75 lakh students frustrated

Ali Asad

Srinagar, Mar 25: The repeated changes in the examination schedule for class 8 students have frustrated about 1.75 lakh students, disrupting their preparations and casting uncertainty over their academic endeavors.

Initially slated to commence on March 5, the exam’s commencement was rescheduled to March 13, only to encounter further alterations after the completion of two subjects.

Responsibility for overseeing the smooth execution of the class 8 examinations rests with the Jammu and Kashmir State Center for Educational Research and Training (JKSCERT). However, inadequate planning has resulted in confusion and dissatisfaction among students. Following examinations conducted on March 13 and 22 in the Soft Zone, papers slated for March 24, 26, and 29 have been deferred.

Expressing dismay over the frequent changes, class 8 students highlighted the adverse impact on students’ preparation, with shifting exam dates disrupting their study routines.

An official from SCERT attributed the scheduling challenges to rushed decision-making processes. With class 10th and 12th board exams scheduled for March, logistical constraints including exam center availability and invigilator arrangements posed significant hurdles. Such constraints even necessitated examinations being held on Sundays.

Efforts to clarify the rationale behind the fluctuating exam dates proved futile, as SCERT Director Prof. Parikshit Singh’s attempts to reach Manhas for clarification went unanswered despite repeated attempts.


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