The Indian School Certificate Examination [ICSE] board recently informed the Bombay High Court that the 10th class exams for the students in Maharashtra will be organized in July. The board further said that the board will be holding the class 10 exams for all the aspirants by following all the precautionary measures. On the other hand, the state government of Maharashtra said that it cannot hold the 10th standard exams considering the current COVID-19 crisis.
Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, the Advocate General of Bombay High Court said that the state is currently facing serious consequences due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, it’s not possible to conduct the exams for the pending ICSE papers. Meanwhile, the central board argued that it doesn’t need the Maharashtra government’s consent to hold the exams through an affidavit.
Arvind Tiwari filed a petition challenging the decision of the ICSE board regarding the class 10 exams to be held between 2nd and 12th July 2020 in Maharashtra. Originally, the board has scheduled to conduct the ICSE board exams for 10th students between 27th February and 30th March. Due to the nationwide lockdown amid the COVID-19 crisis, the board cancelled the exams from 19th March 2020.
In the petition, Tiwari mentioned that there is an exponential increase in the total number of cases across the state. He said that it would be better only if the results are declared based on the performance of the students in internal exams. In the state of Maharashtra, there are 226 schools affiliated to the ICSE board. This year, a total of 23347 candidates had registered to take part in the 10th class exams in Maharashtra.
On 3rd June, the board communicated with the Maharashtra school education department. The department said that it won’t be feasible for the state government to give consent for conducting the exams. The government of Maharashtra requested the board officials to postpone the exams or just declare the results based on internal marks.
However, the ICSE board is still seeking to conduct the exams. The board also told the Bombay High Court that it will be taking all the precautionary measures whilst holding the exams. The board further said that the students who are unable to attend the exam can take part in the re-exam that would be organized in September 2020.
Some students may not attend the exams due to various reasons. Few of them include the students residing in containment zones, and a student or his or her family members suffering from COVID-19. The High Court announced that the next hearing will be given by next week. Stay tuned to this website to get the latest updates about pending exams and results.