Tuesday, June 15, 2021

CBSE, ICSE cancel Class X and XII examinations

  • For ICSE, no further exams for either Class 10 or 12
  • For CBSE, no exams for Class 10, but options for Class 12 examinees

Jamshedpur: ICSE has cancelled its Class 10 and 12 board examinations completely. On the other hand, CBSE has cancelled the examinations for class X completely, while has decided to give options to Class XII examinations to choose between exams at a later date or marking based on internal assessment and past papers.

The counsel for CBSE and the Centre and the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the SC on Thursday afternoon that a decision has been taken to cancel the Classs X and XII board examinations.

On the other hand, the ICSE Board too has announced cancellation of both Class 10 and 12 examinations. Its counsel informed the courts that the council will follow the CBSE formula for Class X and XII examinations. The Boards will reveal more details soon.

The ICSE Board took a decision to cancel the Class 10 and Class 12 examinations soon after the CBSE Board told the Supreme Court that it has decided to cancel the Class 10 as well as Class 12 examinations slated to be held from July 1.

Appearing for ICSE Board, the Senior Advocate Jaideep Gupta informed the Supreme Court that his client too agrees with CBSE decision and ICSE Board examinations too have been cancelled.

Earlier, the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted to the courts that in view of Covid-19 situation, a decision to scrap the examinations has been taken. He said that the board has prepared a scheme to give options to students of XII only so that they can choose the option of re-examination or assessment based on past performance.

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CBSE will conduct the examinations when the situation is conducive, he clarified. However, the Class X examinees will not have the option to choose re-exam.

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Asked about the start of the next academic session, Mr. Mehta informed the court that the results are likely to be declared sometime in August.

For now, the papers will be marked on the basis of internal assessment only for Class X students, while options to choose between re-exam or marking based on internal assessment and past performance would be given to students of XII.

So effectively there will be no more exams for CBSE Class X examinees, while Class XI examinees would have the option to choose between examination at a later date or marking based on internal assessment.

For Class X, effectively, the examinations are over and they can now wait for their results.

It may be mentioned that Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra had made it clear that would not allow CBSE examinations to be held in the country. Even Delhi Education minister had said that he was in favour of postponement of exams.

This ends the uncertainty looming over the future of more than 32 lakh students all over the country, who were waiting for a final decision on the issue.

The Supreme Court last week had asked the CBSE to examine whether the Class 10 and 12 board exams could be scrapped keeping in mind the situation in the country due to Corona virus.

The Solicitor General representing the CBSE, Mr Tushar Mehta, had said that the discussions are at an advanced stage and a decision will be taken soon.

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A petition in this connection was filed by parents of CBSE students, who wanted the courts to scrap the exams altogether and order that the students be marked on the basis of internal assessment.

The parents, in their pleadings, had said the holding examinations in all the 15,000 centres spread over different parts of the country would expose the children to Corona virus. They asked the board to mark the remaining papers on the basis of internal assessment, practicals and the examination of those papers which have already been held.

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During the last hearing of the plea in the Supreme Court, Tushar Mehta, the counsel for CBSE had told the court: “The board is in the process of taking appropriate action with regard to the subject matter of this writ petition very shortly.”

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