ICSE Board Exam 2020:There is an important update for all the students who have been waiting for the announcement of the examination dates for the ICSE Board Exam 2020. In its reply filed with the Bombay High Court, the ICSE board stated that it would be conducting the pending ICSE Board Exam 2020 in the month of July with all the precautions in place. But on the other hand, the state government of Maharashtra stated that conducting the ICSE Board Exam 2020 in the present situation is not feasible as the pandemic is showing no signs of abating.
Representing the state government in the High Court, Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni informed the court that the situation in the state is extremely serious, and it will not be possible for the government to make arrangements for the ICSE Board Exam 2020. Though, in its affidavit filed with the court, the board has stated that it does not require permission from the state government to conduct the exams.
ICSE Board Exam 2020: Plea Filed Challenging The Board’s Decision
The above-mentioned replies and affidavits were filed by the parties in reply to a petition filed by Mr. Arvind Tiwari with the Bombay High Court. The matter is being heard by a division bench headed by Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta and Justice SS Shinde. In his plea, the petitioner has challenged the decision of the ICSE Board to conduct the pending exams for class 10th students in the state starting from 2nd July to 12th July 2020 across the state of Maharashtra.
In his petition, the petitioner has stated that the number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra is still on the rise. Hence, it will be appropriate to direct the board to announce the results for class 10th students based on their grades in the internal assessment and past performance in the school.
ICSE Board Exam 2020: Board Is Firm On Conducting The Exams
Across Maharashtra, 226 schools are affiliated with ICSE, from which approximately 23,500 students will appear for the ICSE Board Exam 2020. Earlier, after the lockdown norms were relaxed in the state, ICSE decided to conduct the pending board examinations. But on 3rd June, it received a communique from the state government of Maharashtra stating that it will not be possible for the board to make arrangements for the examination. The government requested the board to defer the exams or grade students based on their performance in the internal examination.
ICSE, though believed that with proper safety arrangements in place, exams could be conducted. Moreover, ICSE has also stated that students who are living in containment zones or whose family members or who themselves are suffering from COVID-19 can appear for the re-examination that will be conducted in the month of September 2020. The court has meanwhile put the matter up for hearing next week.