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Practicals to be rescheduled for board students with Covid


KOLKATA: Though the board exams being pushed back or cancelled has come as a relief to examinees, there are many CBSE XII and ISC candidates who have tested positive for Covid during the ongoing practicals and are being forced to miss the tests. The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has now allowed schools to appeal on behalf of such candidates so that their remaining practicals can be rescheduled on campus after they get well and leave quarantine. The CBSE had earlier announced this too. Candidates with non-lab-based subjects who had to come to school for their board viva, but could not do so because of Covid, have been tested online.

On Friday, an ISC candidate of South City International School broke into fever at the end of the practical examination and the school advised the parents to immediately get the child tested. He could not come for his last practical exam on Saturday.

“We are yet to get a report about whether the fever was due to Covid, but have assured the child about the decision of the Council that another exam will be organized for him,” said principal John Bagul.

For another commerce student, the viva was arranged online. Similar online viva were organized for two ISC students of commerce and humanities at St Augustine Day School, Barrackpore, since they tested positive, said school head Janet Gasper Chowdhury. A student of the Shyamnagar branch of the school missed his practi-cals because his parents had tested positive.

“We have assured the child that the Council has permitted a re-schedule of his practical exams,” she said.

Parents of a topper at Heritage School tested positive for Covid just before his physics practical exam on Friday. But since it was his last exam and he was well, the school allowed the boy to come in PPE after the rest of the batch had finished the test.

“We have an ISC candidate who could not come for his home science practical test because he tested positive. We appealed to the Council with his medical documents and he has been granted a reschedule. We will do that after he has finished his quarantine and tested negative,” said principal of DPS Newtown Sonali Sen.

Many schools have completed their practical exams and viva-voce, whereas some will do so by next week.

Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, for example, is yet to complete its CBSE XII practicals and has about five to six candidates who could not appear because they were infected.

“They informed us that they tested positive and we informed the Board. However, there is nothing to worry about since their practical exams have been rescheduled,” said director Meena Kak.





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