More than one lakh students are taking secondary exams in Kashmir on Monday despite not being able to attend school for nearly four months.
“Over 45,000 students are appearing for class 12th exams beginning at 11am at 484 centers today while over 55,000 students are appearing for class 10th exam which begins here on Tuesday,” Zahoor Ahmad Chatt, chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (BOSE) told IANS.
He added that adequate security arrangements have been made in the valley.
Schools have been shut since July following clashes between security forces and protesters after the death of popular militant Burhan Wani, who was killed in a gun battle with security forces.
Since the unrest in Kashmir Valley, as many as 32 schools have been gutted by unidentified miscreants.
The Kashmir police have claimed that it has identified people involved in the torching of schools and arrested twelve of them.
“At least 35 persons have been identified involved in burning down the school buildings in South Kashmir. Out of 35, we have arrested 12 persons while 23 persons are absconding. The twelve persons were arrested from South Kashmir’s Kulgam district,” Deputy Inspector General (DIG), South Kashmir Range, Nitish Kumar said, told local news agency.
The continuing unrest in Indian-administered Kashmir has seen the deaths of 89 civilians with thousands injured since July.