CISCE Grants Relief to Students, Allows Class X and Class XII to Opt Out of Remaining Board Exams

The Council For The Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has, in a turn of events, given relief to students of Maharashtra. It has given the option to students of Class 10 and Class 12 to opt out of appearing for the remaining board exams. The Council informed the Bombay HC that the Board will calculate the result on the basis of past performance in internal assessment/ pre-board examinations. Furthermore the board will also consider his performance in the papers he has already written.

All Hands on Deck

This decision came in response to petition that a parent of a Class 10 student filed, Advocate Arvind Tiwari. The petition addressed the concerns of several parents who wished for the cancellation of the remaining ICSE Board papers. ICSE had rescheduled the pending exams to July 2 all over Maharashtra. Unlike other All India examination such as CLAT, LSAT, the petitioner was vehemently against the postponement of Board exams. He cited health risks to all students, teachers, staff, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as a major cause of concern.

The Court requested Respondent 2 (ICSE Board) to inform all Principals of the schools affiliated with the Board. They are to further share the concerned details with the parents and students on roll of these schools. Furthermore, paper publication will be made available in a Marathi, English and Hindi daily citing the necessary information.

The Court has directed the State to file an affidavit after considering the decision of the ICSE Board tomorrow. The HC will be hearing the affidavit tomorrow. The State had, however, already informed the Court that the Board couldn’t conduct the pending exams. With an increase in number of cases everyday, the situation in Maharashtra remains quite serious.