The CICSE on Friday deferred the board exams of classes 10 and 12 in view of a rise in COVID-19 cases across the country. In light of the nationwide surge in coronavirus cases, the Class 10 and 12 exams which were to be held from May 4 have been deferred, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations’ chief executive and secretary Gerry Arathoon said.
“We will closely monitor the situation and review it in the first week of June to take a final decision on conducting the examination,” he said.
“While Class 12 exams will be conducted at a later stage, Class 10 students will get an option to either appear in offline exams later or get evaluated on basis of fair and unbiased criteria to be developed by the board,” Arathoon added.
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 this week, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had cancelled its class 10 board exams and deferred the class 12 board exams. Several state boards have postponed or cancelled their exams too.