ELECTION TALK: Over 67 per cent candidates in phase 1 school dropouts

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SRINAGAR: In the five assembly segments of teh valley going to polls in the first of the five-phased elections in J&K, more than 67 per cent candidates have had only school education or less.

Out of the 50 candidates, 16 have studied till standard eighth of formal schooling only, while 11 of them have passed tenth standard exams conducted by the state Board of School Education.

Qazi Mohammad afzal, minister in the PDP- Congress coalition government from 2002 to 2008 has mentioned NIL in his Highest Educational Qualification Column in his affi-davit.

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Mohammad Yousuf Bhat, Afzal’s Congress rival in Ganderbal has declared that he qualified the 10th standard examination through a night school.

Nearly 32 per cent of the candidates are graduates or have post graduate qualification. Kangan constituency has seven candidates who have not studied beyond eight standard and the rest of the candidates are all graduates.

In the Bandipora Assembly segment has six candidates with educational qualification below matriculation level and Ganderbal has two such candidates and Sonawari Assembly segment has just one. Gurez Assembly segment, one of the most under-developed areas of Kashmir  has no under-matric candidate, of teh four candidates, three are graduates and one is 10th passed.