Kashmiri made compulsory subject in schools

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Srinagar, Nov 1 (UNI) The Kashmiri language has been made compulsory subject in all schools in the valley upto secondary stage, officials said today.

They said the state government decided to include Kashmiri language in the curricular scheme as compulsory subject upto secondary stage of schooling in all the schools of valley.

Accordingly, the Education Department has made it compulsory for all the 8th class students of Kashmir valley to appear in Kashmiri subject in examination scheduled from Monday.

However, they said, the marks to be obtained by the students in the subject shall not be added to the aggregate marks secured in the rest of the subjects and the marks secured shall in no way affect the result merit of the students.

But from the next academic session the marks secured in Kashmiri by the 8th class students shall be added to the aggregate marks.

Meanwhile, parents and students protested against the decision of the government saying that there were no facilities to teach Kashmiri language in any of the schools, particuarly those in the private sector.

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