The Bombay High Court was informed on Wednesday that the ICSE exams will not be conducted from July 2 as earlier scheduled due to the COVID-19 situation in Maharashtra.
The same was submittedby Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni in a PIL concerning the conduct of Class 10 and 12 board examinations by the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (Arvind Tiwari versus Union of India and Ors).
A similar decision was also taken with respect to the conduct of University exams, the Court was informed.
A note intimating the information was signed by the Additional Chief Secretary to the Maharashtra Government.
The decision of ICSE exams was reachedduring a meeting of the State Disaster Management Committee held on June 22 under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
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The Petitioner in-Person, Arvind Tiwari, has sought the cancellation of ICSE Exams scheduled for July 2020 urging that the results be completed on the basis of the pre-board examinations and internal assessment report.
Appearing for an intervenor, Senior Counsel Dr. Birendra Saraf, had however urged that an option should be left to the examinees are willing to do write the same. Dr Saraf also emphasized that any decision regarding the cancellation of examinations without leaving such an option would be “detrimental to their (the examinees’) interest.”
On Monday, the Bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice SS Shinde had also expressed its concern over the indefinite delay in conducting ICSE exams for class 10 and 12 students amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
On a related note,the Supreme Court is hearing a plea regarding cancellation of this year’s CBSE exams, filed by the parents of students scheduled to appear for their Class XII Board exams in July.