Covid19 Surge: ISCE Postpones Class XII And Class X Exams; Final Decision in June

By SM .16 Apr, 2021




NEW DELHI: The CISCE announced to postpone board exams for class 12th, while it made written exam optional for class 10 board exams. The decision on the dates for board exams will be taken on June 1 after reviewing the covid situation. Unlike CBSE, CISCE has given students an option to appear for the class 10 exam. CBSE had canceled the exams altogether and decided to assess students based on a new scheme. For class 10 students, who opt out of written exams to be held at a later stage will be assessed based on an “unbiased criterion” says the board.


While ISC final exams will be held later, Class 10 or ICSE students will have the option to take their board exams offline. They can also choose not to appear in the offline exam, the board said.


Class 10 students who do not appear in offline exams will be evaluated based on an alternative assessment method.


“In view of the ICSE (Class 10) candidates opting for the second option, the CISCE will develop an unbiased criterion while preparing the result of such candidates,” an official statement said.


The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on April 14 postponed its Class 12 exams and canceled Class 10 final exams. CBSE had said it will develop an “objective criterion” to evaluate and promote Class 10 students.


Soon after CBSE’s announcement, students from schools affiliated with the CISCE also requested a similar decision for their exams.


Gerry Arathoon, Chief Executive and Secretary, CISCE, had informed Careers360 that a decision for Class 10, 12 students will be taken soon.


"The CISCE board will take a decision regarding its ICSE (Class 10) and ISC (Class 12) examinations 2021 at the earliest and will inform all concerned afterward," Arathoon had earlier said.


Last year, when CISCE had canceled the exams, it assessed students based on three parameters, an average of marks obtained in the exams held till then, subject practical, and internal assessment. While a similar practice is expected to be followed, the Council is yet to inform the assessment criteria that would be followed this year. So far none of the class 10 exams have been held. For class 12, two papers were conducted.


Earlier, after the meeting between the Education Minister and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, it was decided to put off CBSE class 12 exams and cancel exams for class 10 students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Soon after the decision of CBSE, the CISCE chief had said, “The Board will make a decision regarding class 10th and 12th CISCE Board exams 2021, and will inform all concerned at the earliest.”