Amidst the continuous protests against the government decision to hold Secondary and Higher Secondary examination in November, the aggrieved students on Friday submitted a memorandum to the authorities seeking deferment of exams to March next year.
The students have submitted a memorandum to Chairman and Secretary Board of School Education (BOSE), Commissioner Secretary School Education department and Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) and sought relief by delaying the exams.
"The prevailing situation in Kashmir for past more than three months has completely crippled the lives of people. All the educational institutions remained closed during the uprising which has left no possibility for the students to cover adequate portion of their syllabus required to sit in examination," reads the letter submitted by Jammu and Kashmir Students Welfare Association (JKSWA).
The letter has been submitted days after BOSE stated that it was open for discussion with students regarding conduct of class 10th and 12th examination, which are due in November.
"Due to the closure of our educational institutes students were only able to cover 40 percent of their syllabus which is nowhere near the adequate mark as mentioned in the regulations of JKBOSE for conducting examinations," reads the letter.
The students have stated that the hasty decision by government to hold examination in November has irked the students as well as teachers across Kashmir who are opposing the move citing the security issues.
"The unnecessary haste over the exams by the BOSE and education department has made the exams an unusual issue with people raising eyebrows," reads the letter.
Interestingly anti-exam protests by students erupted post government announcement to hold examination in November after it issued dates for class 10 and 12 exams on September 23.
The continuous protests by students against government decision to hold exams has left the government in a dilemma with authorities mulling to convene a joint meeting to take a final decision on the matter.
On Friday class 10 and 12 students staged anti-exam protests in Ganderbal and demanded deferment of exams to March next year.
Also, the National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah after holding opposition party meeting stated that the state government was threatening students to appear in exams at a time when educational institutions remained shut for more than three and a half months.
"Exams have been delayed in past too so we appeal the government to reconsider its decision as students are not ready to sit in exams scheduled in November," he told media persons after convening opposition party meeting in Srinagar.
Meanwhile, the students association in its letter has maintained that maiming of students by pellets and killing of youth in Kashmir has put the students in distress and they can't do justice with their exams in the prevailing situation.
"Students have not been able to concentrate on their studies in the prevailing situation and conducting exams in such a situation can put students in a state of depression," reads the letter.
The students have contested the government move to provide concession in the syllabus saying it will prove detrimental for their future.
"Later we have to appear in national and international level of competitive tests and hence demand postponement of exams till March 2017 which will provide the students some more time to complete their syllabus and they can easily appear in their exams," the students said.