ICSE Board Exam 2020: In a bizarre incident, a reputed private school in Kolkata, St Augustine’s Day School, has asked the parents to get their wards checked for Coronavirus infection if they wish for them to appear in the pending ICSE and ISC Examinations to be conducted in the month of July.

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The school has asked the parents to submit the COVID-19 Test Reports of their wards to the school authorities latest by 25th June 2020. The notice released on the school’s website reads that “Should your ward be interested in the examination, parents are requested to go for a COVID TEST for your ward and get a negative result, which will help all the students appearing the Examination and minimizing the risk of all the other people who are involved in conducting the ICSE (or ISC) Examination 2020 for the revised dates.”

 

ICSE Board: School Has Its Own Reasons Behind This Decision

When contacted, the principal of the school informed the media that this step is necessary to ensure the safety of other students and staff members to be present during the examinations. He said that as the school is located in a containment zone, these precautions are absolutely essential. Check Also | ICSE Board Exam 2020 To Be Held In Maharashtra In July 2020, CISCE Board Confirms To Bombay HC

The notice further reads that the parents need to submit the consent regarding the decision to appear for the examinations by 19th June 2020. It has also been informed that if any student does not wish to appear for the examinations, then the marks scored by them in the pre-board examinations will be considered as final and the result will be based on the pre-board marks.

ISC Board: Mixed Reactions On The Decision of The School

The decision of the Kolkata School To Ask for COVID 19 Reports has taken everyone else by surprise. A member of the Association of Heads of ICSE Schools, West Bengal said that they have no information regarding any other school having imposed the same condition for candidates interested in appearing for the exams. Check Results 2020 >> HPBOSE 12th Results 2020 (Out): HP Board 12th Result Declared, Direct Link To Check 12th Result

The decision has been ridiculed by another Principal of a school in South Kolkata and he was quoted as saying, “Absolutely ridiculous and unfair to the children. Can a school do this to its students? Instead, they could have used thermal guns to check the body temperature of candidates at the gate and keep a medical helpdesk nearby.”

 

Maharashtra 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 Maharashtra ICSE Board Exam 2020 in the present situation is not feasible as the pandemic is showing no signs of abating. Check | ICSE ISC Exam Dates 2020

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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.

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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 Maharashtra 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. Check Results 2020 | ICSE 10th, ISC 12th Result 2020 Declared

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.

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ICSE Board Exam 2020 In Maharashtra

Across Maharashtra, 226 schools are affiliated with ICSE, from which approximately 23,500 students will appear for the Maharashtra 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. Check | ICSE, ISC Board Exams 2020-21 Syllabus Reduced

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. 

 

According to the latest announcements by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the and various state boards have been given permission to conduct the pending board exams. This recent decision is in view with the delay and uncertainty prevailing in the conduct of the board exams, which would have a huge impact on the future of the student community. Check | CBSE Class 12th Improvement Results 2020 (Released): Apply For Verification

The outbreak of the global pandemic and the ensuing lockdown has abruptly disrupted the otherwise smooth conduct of the examination, unexpectedly. However, the schools and colleges are expected to remain closed as it was earlier, according to the notice released by MHA. Check >> NIOS Exam Dates 2020 Released For 10th, 12th Class: Check Complete Schedule Here

 

Guidelines To Be Followed Strictly During The Exams: MHA

The MHA has also demanded strict adherence to the safety guidelines while the pending examinations are to be resumed by the CBSE, ICSE, and the state boards, with complete compliance with the rules to ensure the safety of the students and the personnel involved in the examination process. Latest Update >> Maharashtra Exams 2020: Previous Years Aggregate To Be Used For Calculating Marks, Says Maha CM

“Taking into consideration the academic interest of a large number of students, it has been decided to grant exemption from the lockdown measures to conduct Board Examination for Class 10th and 12th, with few conditions like social distancing, face mask, etc., for their safety” read the notice from Mr. Amit Shah.

 

Detailed Guidelines For Conducting The Exams Issued

The Board Exams of any boards, CBSE, ICSE, or the state boards are not allowed to be conducted in containment zones. Other guidelines as per the official circular released by the Ministry of Home Affairs are as given below.

  • Face masks are mandatory and should be worn by the students, teachers, and staff throughout the process, at all times.
  • The examination centers are expected to have thermal screening and hand sanitizers.
  • The states and Union territories should arrange transportation facilities on special buses for the students writing the board examinations.
  • The social distancing norms have to be properly followed in every exam center.
  • As many other boards are yet to conduct their examinations, the boards are instructed to ensure a staggering examination schedule.

It was on May 18 that the Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE, announced their examination schedule for the conduct of the remaining papers of class 10 and class 12 board exams. The TN SSLC dates had also been announced recently. In addition to this, examinations of many boards, like TS SSC, AP SSC as well as pending Maharashtra HSC are expected to be released soon.

In view of the difficulties that the students might face in traveling long and wide for writing the exam, the HRD Minister has also announced that the exams would be conducted in the same schools where the students are enrolled in.