ICSE to decide on pending board exams after SC verdict on CBSE

The board had announced that students had the option of either attending pending examinations or being graded on the basis of internal assessment or pre-board examinations

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The Supreme Court bench said it took note of the Centre's submission and asked the CBSE to issue a fresh notification clarifying details of Class XII board exams. Representational image: iStock

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) informed the Supreme Court on Tuesday (June 23) that it would base its decision on the conduct of pending examinations following the court’s verdict on CBSE examinations.

The apex court hearing on the conduct of the pending CBSE board examinations has been adjourned until 25 June. Discussions on the matter are at an advanced stage and a decision will be taken by 24 June, said Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who is appearing for the Centre and CBSE.

On May 22, the CISCE released a notification stating that the pending Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and Indian School Certificate (ISC) board examinations would be conducted in July.

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Facing opposition from parents, the board had submitted a proposal before the Bombay High Court, 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.

After the ruling by the Bombay High Court, the board on June 15 announced that students had the option of either appearing for pending examinations in July or be graded for remaining subjects on the basis of internal assessment or pre-board examinations conducted by the school or grades obtained in the ICSE/ISC exams already conducted.

According to Gerry Arathoon, Chief Executive and Secretary, CISCE, the students would have to communicate their options to their respective schools by June 22.

Even after choosing between board exams and internal assessment, students will have the option of changing their decision, provided the same is communicated by the school to the board before the conduct of board examinations starting July 1.

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