The Maharashtra Government informed Bombay High Court, on Wednesday that, it cannot permit the ICSE board to conduct exams in July, keeping in mind the ongoing global pandemic.
In a state disaster meeting chaired by CM Uddhav Thackeray on June 22, it was decided not to conduct any exams scheduled for July 2.
Earlier, the ICSE board had decided to conduct it's exams from July 2 to 12 in Maharashtra. The exams were postponed since March, due to the nation-wide lockdown announcement.
"It was decided that the State cannot permit the conduct of ICSE exams from July 2 given the current COVID-19 situation in the State," wrote Vandana Krishna, the additional chief secretary of the School Education Department, in a letter. The letter was used to inform Bombay HC about the decision.
Regarding CBSE exams, which are to be held across the country, the court has decided to hear the matter on June 29.
Through video conferencing, the bench consisting of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice S.S. Shinde assessed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a father of class X ICSE student.
However, previously, Darius Khambata, Senior Counsel informed that ICSE students from class X and XII were given an option to either write the exam physically in July or opt for internal marks assessment. For students who are not willing to appear for physical exams, their pre-board marks, internal assessments and even already written board papers (before lockdown), will be taken into consideration for the final results.
Apart from class X and XII examinations, Maha Govt has also decided to cancel state university's final year exams in the wake of the COVID-19 situation.