Srinagar, Nov 15: Pens turned out to be mightier than stones for students in J&K. The number of students who took the annual board examinations in Jammu and Kashmir was recorded at 94.88 per cent. This means around 32,000 students appeared for the Class 12 examinations conducted by the Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education.
The high turn out was a result of determination by the students and also the security that had been provided by the state government at the insistence of the centre.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had chaired a series of meetings with top officials including the National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval. The PM was particular that the examinations go on smoothly.
Students too showed determination to write the examinations. Sources say that there were attempts to disrupt the the entire process. However, there was a combined effort by the government, security forces, students and their parents to ensure that no attempt to thwart the process was made.
Separatists had opposed the examinations in the Valley. They said that this was an attempt to show that everything was normal. However, the Separatists despite making attempts to disrupt the process failed.
There were foolproof arrangements in place when the examinations were held on Monday. Some examination centres in sensitive areas were re-located. Moreover there were prohibitory orders in place.
The education minister of the state, Naeem Akthar took to his Facebook page and wrote, "I'm sure every member of the society would try to make it easier for the children to reach the exam centres. Best contribution would be for those using cars or bikes to offer lift to children".