CBSE and ICSE cancel remaining board exams

Amit Anand Choudhary & Manash Pratim Gohain | TNN | 26 June 2020

NEW DELHI: In view of increasing Covid-19 infections across the country, CBSE has decided to cancel the remaining Board exams for Class XII and X which were scheduled to be held in July. The Board told the Supreme Court on Thursday that Class XII students, not happy with the marks to be accorded to the pending papers, will also be given an option of taking the exam to be conducted when the atmosphere becomes “conducive” while the re-exam option will not be available for Class X.

The ICSE Board also cancelled the exams and informed the bench that it would not be giving re-examination option to students of Class X and XII and results would be declared on the basis of past performances.

The bench asked CBSE to file an affidavit on Friday giving all information for it to pass order on the plea by a group of parents seeking scrapping of Board exams so that students are not exposed to the deadly virus. Noting that “conducive atmosphere” may vary from state to state depending on the spread of infection, the Bench asked the Centre and CBSE to give a time-frame when they will review the situation. It also asked them to file details of the scheme on how marks will be awarded for the pending papers and when the results will be declared.

As per the new scheme of things being prepared by CBSE, marks will be awarded to Class XII students based on combined assessment of marks scored in the practical/internal assessment and those papers for which a candidate has already appeared in the exams, sources said.

The sources said results will be announced for all Class XII candidates based on the internal assessment criteria. However, students not satisfied with the marks accorded for the papers for which exams could not be conducted will get another opportunity to improve their performance in an exam which will be conducted at a “conducive” time.

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