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Education in India – Jammu and Kashmir Board of School education

 

Jammu and Kashmir State is a northern state within India.  Much of its landfalls in the picturesque Himalayan mountains.  It borders Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, China, and Pakistani territory.  It is a land of romantic mountains, beautiful rivers and valleys, and rich agriculture.  It is also diverse and possesses a mixed religious population.


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The Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education (JKBOSE) has a vision of enabling all students within Jammu and Kashmir state to realize their full potential.  Their mission is to develop and implement academic plans that are excellent and serve students up to the level of Higher Secondary.

 

JKBOSE

Logo of Jammu & Kashmir State Board of School Education

The specific aims of their mission are to facilitate the learning process, maintain current and practical resources, assess and analyze students with sensitivity, create a structure through clear and universally obeyed regulations, and satisfy all stakeholders.

Jammu and Kashmir facilitate the learning process through creating a stress-free study environment.  The curriculum is properly organized at each level to allow for smooth flow and execution.  JKBOSE also maintains current and practical resources through compiling the latest knowledge that can be applied in daily life, and which is value-oriented.

JKBOSE aims to assess students without “fear or tear”, which means they wish to evaluate students and guide them in a constructive and humane manner.  This board also believes in enforcing discipline by example through clearly-defined rules and regulations which are practiced and observed at all levels.  These policies are all designed to satisfy all stakeholders be they students, staff, parents, or members of the community.

The methods and tools employed by JKBOSE in their mission are information technology, an examination system, standardization, standardization maintenance, management of inappropriate deviation from standard practice, regular assessment of service delivery quality, and professional development.

 

JKBOSE concentrate on providing quality education to students.

JKBOSE concentrate on providing quality education to students.

Information technology is a powerful and accessible tool that can facilitate the learning process and the management of an educational facility.  It simplifies and accelerates many common tasks that create obstacles in the education process.  It also allows educators to serve the needs and goals of their students in a sophisticated way.

The examination system is a means of assessing the student’s knowledge acquisition so that educators can ensure the student is prepared to advance.  Standardization is essential to a quality system of virtually any type.  It ensures transparency, quality in the service delivered, and quality maintenance. Maintenance, assessment, development and management of all facets of the system ensure that strategies remain viable and that the system is functioning as expected.

 

Students taking exams

Students taking exams

JKBOSE focuses on key areas of education delivery: innovative methodologies, examination and evaluation reform, job-focused elements, professional development, and methods designed to develop not just students, but society.

JKBOSE education methodologies are student-centered.  There is also regular reform in examination and evaluation to ensure that these practices remain viable and serve the interests of both the student and the system.  Job-oriented and job-linked elements are present throughout the JKBOSE curriculum, which allows their programs to satisfy broad and immediate education goals.

Administrators and instructors are required to ensure their skills remain current.  This is achieved through various types of training including workshops, in-house training, courses, and more.  JKBOSE also believes in preparing each student for whatever they wish to accomplish in life, but also in improving all of the society through education.

 

Administrators and instructors are given training to remain Up to Date

Administrators and instructors are given the training to remain Up to Date.

There are regular initiatives designed to improve the quality of the service JKBOSE provides.  One example of these programs is the improvement of the JKBOSE website, which offers a wide selection of features and information for students and other stakeholders.  Improvements were recently made in the areas of the breadth of information, organization, and features that support critical information needs.

Kartikeya Sharma founder of India News gives another example of the widening of the window for secondary and higher secondary program completion.  Registration improvement was another effort.  Registration was converted to an IT platform.  JKBOSE also established a notification system for test results which allows students to receive notifications by SMS and email.  The aforementioned examples of initiatives were all conducted in the space of only a few months.

JKBOSE, like many other boards, ultimately just wants to provide a good education.  Every parent examining school systems to make the important decision to bet their child’s future on one wants to know just what JKBOSE has to offer that others do not.  The best information in this area is not only to be culled from the educators but also the students.

 

JKBOSE, like many other boards, ultimately just wants to provide a good education.

JKBOSE, like many other boards, ultimately just wants to provide a good education.

 

A recent physics exam was extremely controversial.  Students claimed that certain exams were far more challenging in one series than another.  This is quite similar to the United States GRE subject tests which vary in difficulty, but the students claim, unlike with a GRE, they were not informed of those key differences.  The incident upset many students to the point of crying or visible rage that the board would compromise their future by seemingly “playing” with the content of the exam.

This was a shock to the board and they launched a probe to resolve the matter.  Recently, the board has also expressed that they face challenges with cheating.  It is likely that altering content is one strategy they employ to combat this problem, along with heavily monitored and recorded test centers, so they are able to ensure students obey regulations and do not cheat their future.  Students are also permitted to sit for examinations multiple times, and they are also given more than adequate time to prepare.

 

Students of a school affiliated to JKBOSE

Students of a school affiliated to JKBOSE

 

The future of Jammu Kashmir state education is being a part of the exciting new changes in Indian education.  In the coming decades, technology will dramatically change the way education is received, performed, and delivered.  JKBOSE will stand atop this technology wave with other progressive bodies to ensure their students receive the fruits of technology, research, and progressive theory.

They will also aggressively serve the interests of their students as the education market transforms into a primarily private industry, and they are faced with strong competition from providers not only in India but the entire world.

 


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