JKBOSE Rejects Exam Forms for Private School Students, Details Here

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Uncertainty Looms as BOSE Rejects Exam Forms for Private School Students on State Land

Srinagar, Dec 13: The Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE) has created a cloud of uncertainty for thousands of students in Jammu and Kashmir by refusing to accept class 10th examination forms from students enrolled in private schools established on state land.

This move has sparked concerns and raised questions about the Board’s actions in defiance of a High Court order issued last year in reference to the government directive from the previous year.

The predicament began after the J&K government in 2022 amended the rules under the Education Act 2002, leading to fresh guidelines concerning the use of land and building structures by private schools in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir.

The amendments, exercised by the J&K Lieutenant Governor (LG) in the Jammu and Kashmir School Education Rules, 2010, empowered the government to order the closure of private schools on state land. These schools were directed to issue school leaving certificates to enrolled students, who would then be accommodated in nearby government schools “subject to the consent of their parents in this regard.”

However, private school proprietors secured a stay on the government’s order through legal intervention in the J&K High Court. Despite this, the BOSE’s refusal to accept examination forms for class 10th students enrolled in these private schools has placed the academic aspirations of thousands at risk.

G N Var, President of Private Schools Association Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK), expressed surprise at the Board’s action. He questioned why the Board was not accepting forms if the High Court had already issued directions to the education department. Var highlighted that approximately two lakh students, including orphans and underprivileged children, are enrolled in these schools on state land, and their future is at stake.

Justice Rahul Bharti had previously issued directions to the School Education Department to release Registration Returns forms (RRFs) in favor of the petitioners’ schools. The High Court order emphasized provisional recognition for these schools, considering the career prospects of the students.

However, the submission of examination forms for class 10th students commenced on November 29, 2023, and the Board’s refusal to accept them has left students and parents in a state of uncertainty. A board official acknowledged that the matter is Sub Judice, and they are not accepting exam forms.

The official suggested facilitating students and allowing them to appear in the examination, urging the government to take a call on the matter.

An official at the Directorate of School Education Kashmir acknowledged the High Court’s directions but revealed no communication from the administrative department. Advisor to J&K Lieutenant Governor Rajiv Rai Batnagar was not available for comments on the issue.

In the midst of this complex situation, the academic future of thousands hangs in the balance, awaiting a resolution to this critical issue.

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