In a major relief to students who have missed their classes for over four months due to the ongoing unrest in the valley , Jammu & Kashmir government on Thursday announced mass promotion of students to the next level and also ordered continuation of `No-Detention' policy for the current academic session.

“All the students from classes 5th to 9th and class 11th in all the government schools and recognised private schools in Kashmir valley shall be elevated to the next level with immediate effect,“ an official of the school education department said.

Source: b'Student outside examination centre in Srinagar/ Source: PTI'

The official said the government has waived the second term examinations for the students of all classes, including 8th, 9th and 11th, in all government schools and recognised private schools of Kashmir for the current academic session. “As a consequence, the new academic calendar for the schools shall commence in the Kashmir valley forthwith,“ he said.

The official said the earlier government order on scrapping of `No Detention' policy for classes 5th to 9th shall now take effect from the calendar year 2017.

Schools in the valley went on a two-week summer holiday on July 1 but could not resume functioning due to the unrest which was triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter in south Kashmir on July 8.

(Feature image source: AFP)