Students and parents Monday staged a protest in Srinagar demanding that the Board of School Education give at least 20 per cent grace marks moderation to Class 12th students who suffered immensely due to devastating floods, bad weather and above all at “the hands of BOSE which showed total disparity while setting the question papers for Science students”.
Scores of parents who accused BOSE of playing with the careers of students said that the tough examination papers of Chemistry and Physics have left no hope for the kids except to weep over their destiny.
“The disparity in question paper series in Chemistry and Physics have put a big question mark on the BOSE itself to discriminate in favour of few who have got a series little tougher than those who have got the tougher ones. This has resulted in gross injustice and has destroyed fabric of basic right of treatment of equals equally and evenly,” the protesting parents said.
They appealed the BOSE to extend 20 per cent grace marks to all the Science Stream class 12th students so that students do not become the prey to psychiatric and suicidal tendencies.
“Students suffered heavily due to devastating floods and even they lost study material and books. As it was not enough BOSE came up with question papers that left the students flummoxed. Unless grace marks are allowed, thousands of our children will be outscored in admissions to various courses especially professional courses where basic merit of class 12th plays dominant role in the admissions both in and outside the state,” the parents said.
When contacted, Secretary BOSE Professor Veena Pandita said, that she has already constituted an expert committee to sort out the matter.
“Soon after receiving complaints about Physics and Chemistry papers, we constituted an expert committee comprising professors from Kashmir University, Colleges and Higher Secondary schools. The committee will analyse the complaints and their recommendations will be implemented in letter and spirit,” she said.