Days after a Class 10 student of Srinagar’s Burn Hall School attempted suicide because of speedy in-house exams; many students of tenth standard are now complaining about sleep disorders and depressive bouts triggered by the “burdened school syllabus” they are expected to cover in a relatively less time.
After 2014 September floods delayed the last academic session, the new session started on “not-so-good” note as students were directed to complete their full syllabus in a short and fixed time frame.
“What further compounded the problems for students is the inclusion of two new texts in their syllabus,” said Kaiser Bhat, a private school teacher.
The two new textbooks added are Disaster Management and Economics.
“Our normal syllabus has already burdened us badly as we are getting very less time to prepare it,” said Omar Nazir, a Class 10 student from Srinagar. “It has created a mental crisis in us. Each chapter demands lot of time to prepare. I don’t think we can get good grades in final exams.”
Amid this, the state education department is yet to spare a word on March session, which otherwise was on expected lines as many people had batted for it after the deluge threw state education out of gear last year.
And now, the suspense over the session has apparently put the students in a very tight spot.
“Hardly 120 days are now left in our final exams,” Nazir, the student, said. “And we haven’t yet covered forty per cent of our syllabus.” Nazir’s concern is shared by many other students.
But the authorities appear adamant on their already shot circulars, asking students to abide by the given syllabus without expecting any relaxation.
Director School Education (Kashmir), Showkat Ahmad Beigh told Kashmir Life that the final decision regarding the timing of exam is still being considered. “But most probably, the exam will be held in November Session,” he said. On the “burdened syllabus” complains voiced by students, the director said, “Look students need to co-operate as the session is already running very late.”
Notably, the academic session of schools in Kashmir starts from November, but last year, the examinations for the various classes could not be conducted because of the September floods. The exams were also delayed because of the Assembly elections. Later the government announced mass promotions, except for Classes X and XII.
With education department putting burden on students in guise of meeting their academic deadline, many say: One shouldn’t expect wonders from the stress-freaked out students once their final results will be out.