CISCE BOARD EXAMS 2020: CLASS 10, 12 STUDENTS CAN SKIP THEIR PENDING EXAMS
According to top officials, the class 10 and 12 students of the CISCE board can choose not to appear for pending board exams and be marked as per their performance in pre-board exams or (IA) internal assessment.
On Monday, before the Bombay High Court response, the CISCE board had also submitted the proposal 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.
Gerry Arathoon, Chief Executive and Secretary, Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), said that the students will have to communicate their options to their respective schools by June 22.
The exams which were postponed due to the lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus, are now scheduled to be conducted from July 1 to 14. However, several parents have been demanding the exams be scrapped.
However, due to the spread of coronavirus pandemic, the exams were postponed. They are now scheduled to be conducted from July 1 to 14. Moreover, several parents have been demanding the exams be scrapped.
Arathoon said the students will be given two options that are, they can 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.
The board also clarified that the students will not be entitled to make a subject-wise choice between the two options for pending exams.
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.
The board exams have been scheduled in such a way that they are completed before competitive examinations. From July 18 to 23, the engineering entrance exam JEE-Mains is planned to be held whereas, from July 26 the medical entrance exam NEET is planned to be held.
Around 250 schools situated abroad under this board has canceled the examinations. The schools have decided to adopt the norms of awarding marks on the basis of either practical exams conducted or the (IA) internal assessment marks.
A group of parents has filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the CBSE to declare results on the basis of tests already conducted. They have suggested them to calculate the marks on an average basis with internal assessment marks of the remaining subjects.
Due to a countrywide classroom shut down announced by the government all the universities and schools across the country have been shut since March 16. On March 24, a nationwide lockdown was announced which came into effect the next day.
Moreover, the government has reduced several restrictions but the schools and colleges continue to remain closed.
According to Home Ministry guidelines, there will be no exam centers in containment zones.
The Home Minister said wearing of face masks by teachers, staff, and students will be compulsory. There shall be requirements of thermal screening and sanitizer at the centers and social distancing rules will have to be obeyed at exam centers. Special buses may be arranged by states and UTs for transportation of students to exam centers.