JKBOSE to formulate policy about reduction, rationalization in syllabus: Chairperson Veena Pandita

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In wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent academic loss of the students, the Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE) has formulated a policy regarding reduction in the syllabus or its rationalization and has sent it to higher authorities for administrative approval.

Talking to a local news agency, Kashmir News Service (KNS), Veena Pandita, Chairperson of JKBOSE said that the department has formulated a policy which will be sent to Principal Secretary Education Department Dr. Asgar Samoon for administrative approval so that the stress level of students in wake of Covid-19 pandemic will be eased.

“We have asked students to fill examination forms for class 10th, 11th and 12th as it has to fill them for database purpose whatever the circumstances are,” she said. She added that we can’t predict how long COVID-19 will go but it is impossible for the department to workout the database of students at the last moment.

She appealed students not to be panic at this juncture as department needs database for discussion with the Government to ensure relief to the student community.

“We can’t workout reduction in syllabus, rationalization or time of examinations at the eleventh hour, so we have started the process,” the official said.

She added that relaxation in the syllabus and other examination related affairs are academic decisions. “We too have to fix the line like CBSE has given relaxation of 10 percent syllabus to students,” she said.

“We are drafting procedure how to go ahead,” she said. “By Monday or Tuesday we will formulate the policy and according will send it to Principal Secretary Education Department for administrative approval.”

She hoped that within seven to ten days, the department will be ready with a particular program on how to go ahead. (KNS)

An earlier version of this report wrongly mentioned Ms. Pandita as secretary of JKBOSE. The error is regretted.

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