Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Education Department has refused to acknowledge the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) curriculum, barring over 600 students from taking their annual examinations.
The move is slated to result in the students losing an entire academic year.
The department decided not to entertain students following the CBSE syllabi, followed in only a few Kendriya Vidyalayas and private schools in the state, from this year.
Among the 600 students is one Shujaat Farhan, a 17-year-old student who fears for his future as he doesn't know if he will be able to sit for his Class XI exams.
"They should have told us before giving provisional admission in April. Now we are in a lurch as no school is taking us. We are totally frustrated," said Shujaat.
"Our future is in dark. Poor families cannot afford to go out and study. The HRD Ministry must intervene," said another affected student, Munazah.
Angry parents and students alleged that they were informed at the last hour, and that it was too late to get enrolled in schools outside the state even if they tried.
"We were shocked to hear that the state board has not admitted/registered these students for PUC examinations," said Shujaats father.
Agitated students even took to the streets, blocking the Srinagar-Kishtwar road.
The education department officials, meanwhile, said they were trying to iron out some technical issues of syllabi compatibility.
According to sources, CBSE officials from Delhi will take up the issue with the state government.
"This matter has come to my notice. I assure their careers won't be spoiled," said Syed Kifayat Rizvi, district magistrate, Anantnag.
Until the matter is resolved, students like Shujaat are left staring at an uncertain future.
However, Jammu and Kashmir Education Minister Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed said that the matter would be discussed with CBSE officials.
"We are trying our best to allow them to appear in the exam but there are certain things which we have to keep in mind. We will discuss the matter with CBSE officials. I will take lenient view about them so that their one year is not wasted," he said.