Srinagar: Several regional political parties on Friday lambasted Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education’s decision regarding refusal to accept exam forms to Class X students, enrolled in schools functioning over state land.
Expressing his surprise over the move, Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party President, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari voiced strong resentment over denial by JK Board to accept the forms of class 10th students noting that the future of approximately two lakh students enrolled in private educational institutions established on state land hangs in the balance.
Bukhari emphasized the need for the JK Board of School Education (BOSE) to promptly accept examination forms from 10th-grade students enrolled in these private institutions.
He argued that jeopardizing the academic prospects of such a significant number of students is an untenable situation.
Expressing surprise at JKBOSE’s refusal to accept exam forms, Bukhari pointed out that the J&K High Court had issued clear directives to release Registration Returns forms (RRFs) in favor of the petitioner schools.
These directions, he stressed, were consistent with the practices followed before the issuance of the controversial SO 177 on April 15, 2022.
“At this juncture, we should not put the future of two lakh students at stake. The students should be allowed to appear in exams, and later, the government can decide about the fate of these private schools,” Altaf Bukhari said.
He called upon J&K Lieutenant Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha to personally intervene in the matter, underlining the urgency of safeguarding the students’ interests and their participation in upcoming examinations.
Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party Mehbooba Mufti also questioned the JKBOSE’s actions, blaming the board authorities for ignoring the High Court in this regard and putting the future of students at risk.
“Deeply troubled by the Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education’s refusal to accept class 10th exam forms from students in private schools established on state land. Disregarding a High Court stay order raises serious questions about fairness & their motives. It seems intentional to jeopardise the future of countless students”, Mufti wrote in a post on micro-blogging site ‘X’ (formerly Twitter).
The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference State Spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar also denounced the move of JK Board of School Education for refusing to accept class 10th examination forms from students enrolled in private schools established on state land.
Echoing the sentiments of the affected students, Imran said that the unjust move has sparked concerns and raised questions about the Board’s actions, which he said were in defiance of a High Court order issued last year in reference to the government directive from the previous year.
“The refusal by JKBOSE to accept examination forms for class 10th students enrolled in these private schools has put the academic aspirations of thousands into jeopardy. It’s surprising to see that the JK BOSE is not accepting the forms of students enrolled in these schools inspite of the High Court orders,” he said.
Government’s prompt action is crucial to ensure the academic well-being of these students, Imran said, impressing upon LG administration to intervene into the issue so that the matter is solved in the best interests of the students.