– Mita Mukherjee
The Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has decided to defer the 2021 ICSE (Class X) and ISC (Class XII) examinations scheduled to start from May 4 because of the surge in Covid-19 cases, the CISCE said on Friday.
The revised dates will be announced after reviewing the situation.
“In the light of the nationwide surge in Covid 19 cases, the CISCE has decided to defer the ICSE (Class X) and ISC (Class XII) board examinations scheduled to be held from May 4, 2021,” Gerry Arathoon, chief executive and secretary of CISCE said in a circular issued by the council today.
CISCE, a national board having schools in various states of the country will give two options to Class X students. They can choose to write the offline examinations with the Class XII candidates or they can choose to not appear in the examination.
If they choose to not write the test a fair and unbiased criterion will be developed for their evaluation.
“While the ISC (Class XII) examination will be conducted at a later date, the candidates for the ICSE ( Class X) examination will be given the following options i. to write the offline examination, along with the Class XII candidates OR ii not to write the offline examination. In view of the ICSE (Class X) candidates opting for the second option , the CISCE will develop a fair and an unbiased criterion while preparing the results of such candidates,” the circular read.
The CISCE will closely monitor the Covid situation and the final decision on the conduct of the examination will be taken by the first week of June.
“The Covid situation will be closely monitored and the deferment of the ICSE & ISC 2021 Examinations will be reviewed and a final decision on the conduct of the board examinations will be taken by the 1st week of June 2021,” according to the circular.
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