New Delhi: Students of Jammu and Kashmir have given a fitting reply to terrorism with a 95% attendance at the standard XII board exams. It is said that this is a ‘Surgical Strike’ by the students on terrorism.
Ever since July this year, life had come to a standstill in several areas of Kashmir that are under influence of the separationists due to riots. Government offices, businesses, schools, colleges, public transport had shut down. Separationists had even set 37 schools on fire. This act of burning of schools was based on directives from Pakistan and was an attempt to directly attack the education system. Parents had complaints about the academic loss that children had to bear because of schools being non-operational. In such circumstances, even regular school examinations had to be postponed. On this backdrop of violence from past four months, the board exams commenced in the state on Monday.
Considering the overall situation, 95% attendance to the exam is said to be a fitting reply by students to the terrorists.
484 centres in Jammu & Kashmir started conducting these exams from Monday and forty eight thousand students have appeared for them. Considering the violence since past 4 months, exam centres have been provided extra security to avoid any untoward incident. However, by turning up in large numbers, Kashmiri students have defied the terrorists as well as separationists in the state.