Srinagar (NVI): Jammu and Kashmir government today announced a mass promotion for the students of class 1 to class 9 in the Jammu region in the wake of Covid-19 outbreak.
The government also ordered that the students studying in class 11 in Jammu region will also be promoted to the next class. In Kashmir, mass promotion has only been announced for those who were supposed to appear in bi-annual exams of Class 11.
The decision has been taken in the wake of the pandemic that has already claimed two lives in Kashmir and affected 109 people in J&K UT so far.
An order issued by the deputy secretary to the government, school education department, (JK UT), Sachin Jamwal, reads that the government has directed the chairman JK Board of School Education (BOSE) and director school education, Jammu division to issue notification/orders in this regard.
The JKBOSE had submitted a proposal to the government in this regard, advocating mass promotion for the students of class 1 to class 9 and also for the students of class 11 in the Jammu region.
“This has reference to your proposal dated April 04, 2020. In this context, I am directed to convey that keeping in view the prevailing extraordinary circumstances of the worldwide spread of Covid-19, the countrywide lockdown and the academic future of the students, the competent authority has agreed to your proposal and advised you to take necessary action including issuance of notification/orders, for implementation,” reads the order, a copy of which lies with the NVI.
The order further reads: “All students studying in Classes 1 to 9 of all schools (Government as well as Private) of Jammu Division which fall under Summer Zone and affiliated to J&K State Board of School Education recognized by Government of UT be promoted to the next class grade for the academic session 2020-21, as a one-time exemption.” The government has also advised the Director School Education Jammu to monitor and finalize the process of promotion as per the approved norms.
For class 11th (Summer Zone), the order states that all the examinees, who were supposed to appear in class 11 Annual Regular examination falling in Jammu Division (that stands postponed) be also promoted to the Hr. Sec. Part II (12th), as one-time exemption. The government has also announced mass promotion for the class 11 students of Kashmir, who were set to appear in bi-annual exams.