Srinagar : In another twist to the exam row in Kashmir, J&K Board of School Education (JKBOSE) Friday told that students in Kashmir will have a choice of appearing in board exams with syllabus relaxation scheduled for mid November or with full syllabus in March next year. The board announced choice for class 10 and class 12 students to appear in examinations, as per their interest, in November 2016 or March 2017. However, it made it clear that students who are interested to appear in full syllabus will be given an opportunity to appear in exams of both classes in March 2017. It said that the planned examination scheduled to be commence in mid-November will be conducted as per date sheet already issued.
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“The examination of open choice of questions will be conducted as per the date sheet already notified. The examination of students who are interested to appear with full syllabi shall be provided an opportunity in separate examination which shall be held during March 2017, without any academic penalty,” said Chairman BOSE.
He further said that candidates belonging to division Gurez, Tandgar and Tehsil Keran and Machil, both regular and private, shall not be eligible for the proposed March 2017 examinations.“The students have to exercise their option only once and those opting to appear in November 2016 annual examination with open choice of questions as announced by the Board shall not be eligible to appear in the proposed annual examination of class 10 and class 12 to be held in March 2017,” Naeem Akhtar, Education Minister told while confirming the development.
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Sources say that the education department before taking the decision hedged its bets on the assumption that more students will appear in the exam which has syllabus relaxation and more internal choice.