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No change in start of academic session in ICSE schools: CISCE

January 28, 2021
Schedule for X and XII board exams to be announced later
– Mita Mukherjee

The Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) on Thursday clarified that the 2021 ICSE and ISC examinations will not be held in February-March and the dates will be announced later but the schedule for starting the new academic session in all schools affiliated with the council will remain the same.

 In a circular issued to the heads of all its affiliated schools, the CISCE today reiterated that the 2021 ICSE and ISC examinations will not take place in February March like the previous years. The dates of class X and XII examinations will be announced later, the circular said.

Although the Class X and XII board examinations will be delayed, the 2021 -22 academic session will start in March like the previous years, the CISCE said.

“ Please be informed that the two matters are unrelated. Without a doubt , the schedules for the ICSE & ISC 2021 Examinations will not take place at the regular time in February/March, given the current pandemic situation in the country and notwithstanding the upcoming elections in five States as well. The dates for the examinations will be announced later, at the appropriate time,” Gerry Arathoon, CISCE chief executive and secretary said in the circular.

The CISCE gave the clarification following queries from heads of several schools regarding the start of the new academic session this year.

Many schools wanted to know whether the new session would start late because the ICSE and ISC examinations will not be held in the February, March this time .

In the circular the schools have been asked to refer to the CISCE’s regulations on the start of the academic year.

“Academic Year – The beginning of the academic year in Schools affiliated to the Council shall be from the middle of March and the first week of June each year. However, the Hill Schools may begin the academic year from February each year,” the circular said quoting the regulation.

All schools affiliated with the council have been asked to adhere to the normal schedule for starting the new session.
“Heads of all Schools are requested to please adhere to the  same. This must be maintained to ensure uniformity and parity across all CISCE affiliates Schools in India and abroad.,” the circular said.

The schools have been asked to maintain uniformity in starting the 2021-22 academic year to ensure that  there is no disruption in the academic calendar of the coming session, the principal of an ICSE school said.

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