SRINAGAR: The annual board examinations for Class 12th, conducted by the Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education (JKBOSE), commenced in the Kashmir valley on Thursday.
An official said 73569 students comprising 74,465 from the valley and 15055 from Jammu winter zones are expected to appear for the examination.
He said that the examination centres have been almost doubled from the previous year to ensure adherence to social distancing norms.
In order to prevent the spread of the infection, the authorities have put in place various preventive measures including social distancing norms and the use of masks and hand-sanitisers, he said.
The examination centres across the valley have also been fumigated to minimize the risk of the infection, he added.
Earlier, the government has announced 40 per cent relaxation in the syllabus for 10th and 12th examinations.
“The students have to attempt 60 percent of marks which will be given 100 percent weightage. The relaxation has been provided in view of the Covid. Normal schooling suffered this year and we could only rely on online classes,” said an official.