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DSEK braces up for holding exams amid another spell of snow.

With another spell of rain and snow forecast during the next week the education department is trying to ensure it doesn’t cut a sorry figure again and students don’t have to write their exams under candlelight.

On Friday, the directorate of school education for Kashmir (DSEK) convened a meeting here with chief education officers (CEOs), field staff and school heads to avoid inconvenience during exams scheduled for 10th and 12th grade students during a probable wet spell forecast between November 12 and 15.

“JKBOSE has fixed date of some papers between November 12 and 15 for which we have directed the CEOs and concerned heads of the examination centres to plug up the loopholes for holding the exams,” said G N Itoo, director DESK. Last week the department became a subject of much ridicule when 12th grade students were forced to write their exams under candle light inside freezing exam centres.

“This time we have geared up the field staff and heads of the exam centres to ensure all heating and lighting arrangements are put in place to avoid any inconvenience for the students,” Itoo said.

Around 69000 students are appearing for the annual JKBOSE exams for 12th grade while 62000 students are appearing 11th grade exams, besides about 55000 students in Matriculation exams at more than 1700 centres.

An official at DESK said advisor to Governor Khurshid Ahmad Ganai has put the department on alert and directed them to ensure smooth conduct of the annual exams.

“Chief Secretary will also visit Kashmir on Saturday and will convene a meeting with officials of education department regarding the conduct of exams,” the official said.Each exam centre has been provided Rs 1000 to met expenses for the conduct of the exams in a comfortable setting, and have been assured more funds if required.

“We have told the heads of the examination centres that additional expenditure on students will be provided to them after culmination of all exams,” Itoo said, adding a trilateral collaborative system has been set up to ensure students write their exams in a hassle free manner.

Earlier, DSEK set up a helpline for students to register their complaints regarding conduct of the exams or any other issues they faced.We received 1500 WhatsApp messages and 500 phone calls from the students and their parents in first 24 hours which were promptly responded to and addressed,” Itoo said, adding a “serious note” was taken of complaints against some private schools for not providing proper facilities to the students.’

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