In its new rule, the Jammu and Kashmir government has asked students to maintain their attendance at the highest levels possible else they won’t be allowed to sit for their examinations. While talking to the Indian Express J&K Education Minister Syed Altaf Bukhari said that there is no scope for relaxation and that authorities have been informed about that. He further said that exams are looking and low attendance students won’t be allowed to sit in for the tests. “Exams are starting in schools and colleges soon. If their attendance is low, they (students) will not be allowed to sit for the exams,” he said. Besides the crackdown against absenteeism, the minister said the syllabus will be adhered to. “We will strictly adhere to the academic schedule, the session will be completed on time and exams will be held on time. I am not a votary of curtailing the syllabus to 50 per cent and then conducting the exams.” Bukhari said.
A minimum of attendance of 90 per cent has to be maintained to appear in the examinations. Director, School Education (Kashmir), Ghulam Nabi Itoo said, “The issue was discussed at a meeting today… If a student does not meet the attendance criteria, he will not be allowed to sit for the exams.” Talking about the protests which have taken a different shape with students participating in it and bunking their school and colleges, Bukhari said,”The protests started from Pulwama (in April), where security personnel entered the college. But the action was taken against the police officer. I am unable to understand why the students are continuing their protests,” The Indian Express quoted Bukhari as saying.
Describing how the government was helping students who have been ‘misled’, he said that the focus was given to counseling students through parents, teachers, and principals.