The Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) on Tuesday (20th April 2021) announced the cancellation of the board exams for 10th standard students which were scheduled to commence from the first week of May. The decision was taken after reviewing the worsening condition of the country as it faces the second wave of deadly coronavirus pandemic. The CISCE Board Secretary Gerry Arathoon said the safety and well-being of the students who will be writing the exams is paramount while the importance of the exams is kept in mind.
“Given the present worsening situation of the Covid- 18 Pandemic in the country, the CISCE has decided to CANCEL the ICSE (Class X) 2021 Examination. The safety and wellbeing of our students and teaching faculty is our topmost priority and of paramount interest,” said the CISCE in a statement issued on Tuesday. This announcement follows close on the heels of the announcement the board made to postpone both ICSE 10th board exams and ISC 12th board exams just last week. Earlier this week, the CBSE board released a notice informing about the cancellation of its 10th board exams and postponement of 12th standard board exams until it is safe enough to conduct the exam in the wake of the second wave of pandemic hitting the country hard.
The CISCE board issued clarifications on results saying the students will have the option to write the exams at a later date or be evaluated according to an alternative criteria drafted by the board. The ISC body has advised all CISCE affiliated schools to open and take in admissions for class 11, the ISC has encouraged its affiliated schools to begin online classes for class 11 students as soon as possible with the ISC 2023 syllabus draft to serve as the guideline.
While the 10th board exams have been cancelled altogether, the 12th board exams status will remain the same i.e. they will be re-scheduled and conducted at a later date which will be announced after a meeting to review & assess the conditions in the country. The meeting will have the main agenda of discussing whether or not it is safe enough to conduct 12th standard board exams for students in a safe and risk-free manner, the review meeting is expected to happen in the first week of June. The new schedule will be updated on the ISC and CISCE board websites and students will have a minimum of 15 days’ notice to prepare for the exams.