ICSE Board Exam 2020 for 10th and 12th Class can't be allowed in the state amid COVID-19 pandemic: Maha Govt tells Bombay HC

Created On: Jun 24, 2020 15:18 IST
Modified on : Jun 24, 2020 15:18 IST
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ICSE Board Exam 2020 Update: Maharashtra Government has informed Bombay High Court that under the prevailing circumstances it cannot allow CISCE Board to hold ICSE 10th Exam 2020 and ISC 12th Exam 2020 in July 2020.  The state government informed the HC that the current situation and spread of Coronavirus in the state would put thousands of students at risk of infection, if the exams were held in July, as per the schedule announced earlier. The statement was submitted after High Court asked state government to clarify its stand on the matter it was hearing about cancellation of pending ICSE Board Exams 2020 in the state. Currently, Bombay HC’s bench comprising of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice S S Shinde is hearing a plea seeking cancellation of the pending CISCE Board Exam citing safety of the students.

Maharashtra Govt Decides Not to Permit ICSE Board Exam 2020

During the hearing today, Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, who was appearing on behalf of the state government, informed the Bombay High Court bench that the decision not to allow ICSE Board Exam 2020 in Maharashtra was taken by the state government on Tuesday. He also added that the decision was taken in a meeting of State Disaster Management Committee, under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

State Govt Cancels University, College Exams As Well

 Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni also informed the Bombay High Court that the state government had also cancelled all pending semester exams in the state taking into account the serious situation due to Coronavirus pandemic. He also said that as the number of COVID-19 cases in the state were currently rising, the state government has decided to not hold semester exams in all higher education institutions in the state to avoid gathering of stuents and putting them at the risk of exposure to Coronavirus infection.

ICSE Board to Follow CBSE’s Decision

Prior to today’s hearing, yesterday during a similar hearing in Supreme Court, ICSE Board informed the apex court that it will follow the decision taken by CBSE Board with regards to the pending board exams. Supreme Court was hearing a similar petition filed by parents challenging holding of pending board exams for students amid the on-going pandemic and the risk it poses to their health and wellbeing. As of now, the case has been adjourned until 25th June, by when CBSE is expected to announce its decision regarding pending board exams.

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