ICSE Board on Friday postponed the board examinations for classes 10th and 12th because of COVID-19 outbreak. The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, which conducts the ICSE exams issued a statement. It also mentioned that new dates will be announced in first week of June.
“The Covid situation will be closely monitored and the deferment of the ICSE and ISC 2021 examinations will be reviewed and a final decision on the conduct of the examinations will be taken by the first week of June 2021,” the board said in a statement.
The announcement has been made after the constant demands from parents, students, political leaders. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a meeting with the Education Minister and top officers.
ICSE postpones board exams
Currently, India is witnessing over 2 lakh cases in a day and this has made various educational institutions to cancelling or postponing exams. In the light of current outbreak in India, ICSE has also deferred board exams. Earlier, Central Board for Secondary Education had also made such announcement. While CBSE board has cancelled board exams for class 10, it has postponed exams for class 12.
The ICSE board exams for classes 10 and 12 were scheduled to be held from May 4.
“We will closely monitor the situation and review it in the first week of June to take a final decision on conducting the examination,” ICSE chief said. “While Class 12 exams will be conducted at a later stage, Class 10 students will get an option to either appear in offline exams later or get evaluated on basis of fair and unbiased criteria to be developed by the board,” Arathoon added.
Several state boards have postponed or cancelled their exams too. The teachers and parents from across the country wrote to the prime minister that the exams should be cancelled or postponed because the students have not been vaccinated yet.