In the wake of mounting coronavirus spread, Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) has decided to postpone 10 and 12 board examinations. The revised dates are yet to be announced by the council. Previously, 10 and 12 examinations were to conclude on March 30 and 31 respectively.
“In view of the Novel Corona virus (COVID-19) spreading across the country and with much uncertainty and speculation in the air, the Council, in the interest of the health and well-being of the students and the teaching community, has decided to postpone all ICSE and ISC Year 2020 Examinations scheduled to be conducted between the period 19th March 2020 to 31st March 2020,” states CISCE in a press release also available on its website.
Besides board examinations, as per Ministry of Human Resource Development, other scheduled examinations of schools, colleges, universities and educational institutes stand postponed till March 31, 2020.
Up until now, there is a record number of 169 cases in India under the cusp of COVID-19. The government has issued advisories informing people to stay quarantined and avoid crowded public places.
The decision comes following previous comments by CISCE Secretary Arathoon on holding the exams as scheduled. “The exams have not been postponed and will be held as per schedule as of now,” board Chief Executive and Secretary Gerry Arathoon informed PTI on March 18.
An estimated 200,000 students attempt the class 10 and 12 CISCE exams each year in India. The move is in sync with previous cancellations of board exams by CBSE. HRD Ministry has already issued notice on maintaining safety and security of the students and invigilators alike. Series of other important examinations have met a similar fate. The National Testing Agency (NTA) has cancelled JEE for IIT as of now.