After the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE), now the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) is also reconsidering holding the board exams this year. The decision by the CBSE was taken after a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While CBSE has canceled the class 10 exams, the exams for class 12 have been postponed till further notice.
Now, CISCE is also reconsidering holding board exams. “The Board will take a decision regarding class 10th and 12th, CISCE 2021, and will inform all concerned at the earliest,” said CISCE chief secretary.
This is the second time in a row that CISCE final year board exams have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As per the existing schedule, the ISC exams will be held in May. Last year, CISCE had given marks to students based on a special criterion. The criteria including the average of the best three percentage marks obtained from among the papers, subject internal assessment, and percentage of marks obtained by students in the internal assessment of the skipped paper. Due to this scheme, CISCE had not declared toppers last year.
While announcing the postponement of CBSE board class 12 board exams, the Ministry of Education said, “Unlike state boards, CBSE has an all-India character, and therefore, it is essential to hold exams simultaneously throughout the country.” Since CISCE too is a national board, it too is likely to have an impact.