The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) today informed the Supreme Court that it would not conduct the Class 10 examination while the students of Class 12 would be given the option of appearing in the exam once conditions were conducive. The Class 12 students will get the option to appear in examinations or take an assessment on the basis of their performance in the past three exams.
The court made this suggestion in response to a plea from a group of parents who had asked for cancellation of the remaining board exams, citing the COVID-19 pandemic.
The court will hear the stand of the union government tomorrow in this regard. The Centre is supposed to file a new affidavit clearing doubts raised by the court.
In their plea, the parents had said that conducting examinations across more than 15,000 centres at this stage would unnecessarily expose children to the risk of contracting COVID-19. It also asked the board to allot marks to students for the remaining papers on the basis of their internal assessment and performance in practicals and examinations they took in March.
A decision on rescheduling the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for IITs and the NEET test for medical colleges will be based on the apex court’s verdict for CBSE Board exams. While engineering entrance exam JEE-Mains is scheduled from 18-23 July, medical entrance exam NEET is to be held on 26 July.
Earlier this month, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had written to Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, urging him to cancel the pending board exams, citing the spike in COVID-19 cases and a high number of containment zones in the city. “I hope you would agree with me that the board exams, particularly those of Class 12 are a high stake exam for children. Hence, subjecting them to take this exam in such an uncertain and anxiety-prone situation would not be fair to them. It would be extremely difficult to conduct the exam,” Sisodia had said in his letter.
Maharashtra, Delhi and Odisha governments have requested the HRD ministry to cancel the CBSE exams, an official said, adding that the ministry felt the same way about it and that it was very likely that it would make the announcement that it was cancelling the exams.
As per the latest ICSE exam news, ICSE has decided to get rid of the confusion and completely cancel the ICSE board exams 2020 for classes 10 and 12. This is as per the decision of the board told to the Supreme Court today, 25 June. The ICSE exams are not optional for students anymore and no one can appear for them, the board clarified.
Unlike in the case of CBSE, no exams will be held by ICSE even after the pandemic situation subsides. The internal assessment system will be followed to declare the ICSE board exam results for Classes 10 and 12.