The bizarre mathematics paper set by Board of School Education allegedly forced a 12th class student to end his life in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal town.
A pal of gloom descended on the family of a 12th class student when Irshad Ahmed Shah son of Nizam-u-Din resident of Sehpora Ganderbal consumed poison and ended his life. Family alleged that Irshad was very perturbed after appearing in Math paper of class 12th on Monday.
One of his relatives Reyaz Ahmed told CNS that Irshad, a student of Boys Higher Secondary School Soura was very bright and he always came off with flying colours in exams. “After appearing in Math paper, Irshad seemed to be dejected and perturbed and he told his family that the paper was out of syllabus and he want to die,” he said.
Family sources said that Irshad consumed poison on Tuesday afternoon. He was immediately rushed to Sub District Hospital Ganderbal where from he was shifted to SKIMS. Doctors declared him brought dead in hospital.
A police official told CNS that they are waiting for the post mortem report. “It would be premature to comment on the cause of death as we have not taken up investigation yet,” he said.
Pertinently, Hundreds of class 12th students Monday staged protest demonstrations at Press Enclave Srinagar alleging that the Mathematics paper was twisted and out of syllabus.
When contacted Secretary to Board of School Education, Renu Goswami told CNS that an expert committee has been constituted to probe the matter and this committee has been directed to submit its report within three days.
“If it is proved that paper has been twisted, then certainly paper setter would face the music. Last year, one of the paper setter was suspended in this connection,” Goswami said.
Joint Secretary Examination, BOSE, Mehboob Hussain told CNS that he was shocked to learn about the death of the student. “My sympathies are with family and I assure all the students that after seeking opinion from experts, a proper decision would be taken in this regard,” he said.
Meanwhile, J&K Private Schools United Front (JKPSUF) while condemning the BOSE for marring the career of thousands of students by setting up a bizarre, tough and out of syllabus maths question paper for 12th class examinations termed it as a conspiracy to lower the standards of Kashmiri students, thus making them ineligible for various competitive examinations.