The Central government on Thursday, June 25, 2020 informed the Supreme Court that it has decided to cancel the remaining papers of Class X, Class XII board exams to be conducted by CBSE and ICSE boards.
The Centre told Supreme Court that it took this decision as several state governments expressed inability to conduct CBSE, ICSE remaining exams in the wake of surge in cororavirus cases in respective states after easing of lockdown since June 1.
However, the Centre told Supreme Court that CBSE will give option for Class XII students to write exams if they want to.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the CBSE, told the Supreme Court that the option would be given to Class 12 students to appear for exams later. The tests will be held when conditions are conducive, he said. The board told the Supreme Court that it has come up with an evaluation scheme where Class 12 students will be assessed on the basis of their last three exams.
Class 10 exams, which were to be held only for students in parts of Delhi hit by riots in February, are cancelled, the CBSE said.
ICSE Class X and ISC Class XII exams for schools under CISCE or Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations have also been cancelled and students will be graded on internal assessments.
Seeking a clarification on the new academic year, the Supreme Court said that it can start in September only if board results are announced in August. The CBSE said that students can apply for internal assessment and results will be announced soon. The board also said that academic year will be shifted for the 2020-21 session.
He said a scheme has been formulated to give options to students of XII only -- for re-examination or assessment based on past performance.
The CBSE said the re-exam would be conducted when the situation becomes conducive and the option to take up the re-exam would not be available to class X examinees.
The results may be declared in mid-August, the CBSE said on being asked by the court to clarify as to when the academic year will begin after the declaration of results.
The Supreme Court said the CBSE notification should indicate the scheme for internal assessment and give a timeline.
The notification will be issued latest by tomorrow, the CBSE said.