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ICSE exam news: CISCE defers class 10, 12 exams in view of surge in COVID cases


KOLKATA: Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) on Friday decided to defer the ICSE (Class X) and ISC (Class XII) board examinations scheduled to be held from May 4. The decision was taken due to the nationwide surge in Covid 19 cases. While the Council will review and take a final decision on the conduct of the Board examinations by the first week of June after closely monitoring the pandemic situation, the ISC examination will be held at a later date. Those candidates who were appearing in the ICSE examinations can either write the offline examination, along with the Class XII candidates or not appear in the pen and paper exam.

“For those ICSE students who decides to skip the offline examinations when they are held, the CISCE will develop a fair and an unbiased criterion while preparing the results of such candidates,” said chief executive and secretary of the Council, Gerry Arathoon.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Wednesday had announced the postponement of one board examination and the cancellation of another following a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Both the exams were slated to begin on May 4.

The CBSE has decided that the situation will be reviewed on June 1 by the Board. A notice of at least 15 days will be given before the start of the examinations. For the students of class X, the Board exams were cancelled. The results of Class X students will be prepared on the basis of an objective criterion which is being developed by the Board. Any candidate who won’t be satisfied with the marks will be given an opportunity to sit in an exam as and when the conditions are conducive to hold the exams.

John Rafi, the principal of La Martiniere for Boys School said that situation is uncertain and unfortunate. “The students are bearing the brunt. They have been waiting for the examinations to go ahead. Now there is no surety. The dilemma and stress is high on the candidates. Looking at the massive COViD surge, the Council has to put safety first,” he added.





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