The Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) has decided to give an option to the students of Class 10 and 12 to either appear in the pending examination or skip the exam. The result of students who skip the exams will be announced based on their performance in the pre-board exams.
The board had also submitted the proposal before the Bombay High Court on Monday in response to a petition filed by a parent seeking directions to the authorities to cancel exams in view of the spike in Covid-19 cases.
According to Gerry Arathoon, Chief Executive and Secretary, Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), the students will have to communicate their option to their respective schools by June 22.
The exams which were postponed due to the lockdown to contain spread of coronavirus are now scheduled to be conducted from July 1 to 14. However, several parents have been demanding the exams be scrapped.
“The students will be given two options they either appear for the rescheduled exams or choose to have their results based on their performance in the pre-board exams or internal assessment. The option will be available only for the pending exams, the result of the subjects for which exams were already conducted, will be calculated as per performance in the exam only,” Arathoon said.
Unlike the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which will only be conducting exams in 29 subjects crucial for promotion and admission to higher educational institutions, the CISCE will be conducting all pending exams.
Universities and schools across the country have been shut since March 16, when the Centre announced a countrywide classroom shutdown as part of measures to contain the Covid-19 outbreak. A nationwide lockdown was announced on March 24, which came into effect the next day.
While the government has eased several restrictions, schools and colleges continue to remain closed.