ICSE Board Exams 2020- HC seeks Maharashtra govt's stand on pending exam

ICSE Board Exams 2020- HC seeks Maharashtra govt's stand on pending exam
Press Trust of India | Jun 22, 2020 - 2:54 p.m. IST
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MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court, on Monday, asked the Maharashtra state government to clear its stand on pending ICSE board exams 2020 Classes 10 and 12 which are scheduled to be held in July. HC asked this due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Maharashtra.

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A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice S S Shinde said, "The state government cannot maintain an ambivalent and ambiguous stand, that if the number of students who opt to appear for exams is few, then permission would be given for it. The Indian School Certificate Examination (ICSE) board had decided to hold its pending ICSE board exams 2020 from July 2 to 12 across the state, after the exams could not be conducted in March due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Mumbai resident Arvind Tiwari then filed a petition challenging the board's decision, claiming that the number of COVID-19 cases was still on the rise and hence, it would be appropriate to declare results based on gradation and assessment of the past performance of students in internal exams conducted by various ICSE schools.

Last week, the board told HC that it has now decided to offer students an option to either take the pending ICSE board exams 2020 exams in July or have their final results, in subjects for which exams have not been held, determined by the board based on their performance in internal assessment/pre-board exams, results of which the board has already taken from respective schools. The bench had then directed the board to present its methodology about alternative grading for those students who opt not to physically appear for the exams.

On Monday, the board sought further time to submit its methodology. The court then sought to know the government's stand. It said the government cannot adopt a wait and watch stand, and directed it to file an affidavit clearing its stand on the issue. What is the government's stand if 50 percent of the students from ICSE schools opt to appear for the examinations physically...what if the percentage of students is higher or lesser? the court said, and posted the matter for further hearing on Wednesday.

The court noted that the number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra was still on the rise and even the mortality rate is high. Petitioner Tiwari told the court that the board had conducted exams in Karnataka, and 24 students from a school had to be quarantined after the father of one of the students tested positive for coronavirus. As per data submitted by the ISCE board 2020, there are 226 schools in Maharashtra affiliated with it and 23,347 students are scheduled to appear for the Class 10 examinations.


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