The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has announced the dates for the first-term board exams for classes 10 and 12, two days after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) released the date sheet for minor subjects.
This year’s ICSE and ISC exams will be conducted in offline mode, CISCE announced on Saturday. ICSE exams will be held between November 29 and December 16 while ISC exams have been scheduled between November 22 and December 20. Class 10 exams will be conducted from 11am while those for Class 12 will be held after 2pm.
Students will be allowed to take their exams from the schools they registered in
On October 19, the board had announced that ICSE and ISC exams for the 2021-22 academic year had been postponed “due to reasons beyond our control”. Exams had originally been scheduled from November 15 and 16 for Class 10 and 12.
CISCE Chief Executive Gerry Arathoon said the board had received many emails from heads of schools, parents and students, who protested against holding exams online citing reasons like the non-availability of devices, irregular power supplies, and network and bandwidth issues.
“The CISCE being a student friend board, after much deliberation has thus decided to conduct the ICSE and ISC Semester 1 Examinations in the offline mode, with exams to be held in candidates’ respective schools,” Arathoon said in the release on Friday.
CBSE too had announced that exams would be held in offline mode, for the first time in 18 months.
On Thursday, CBSE announced the date sheet for minor subjects in the first term board exams for classes 10 and 12. While the exams for minor subjects for class 10 will be conducted from November 17 to December 7, those for class 12 will be conducted from November 16 to December 30.
The board had on Monday announced that the first term board exams for class 10 will begin from November 30, while the exams for class 12 is scheduled from December 1.
Bifurcating the academic session, holding two term-end exams and rationalising the syllabus were part of the special assessment scheme for class 10 and 12 CBSE board exams for 2021-22, which were announced in July in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Students from both CBSE and ICSE/ISC took to social media protesting the decision to hold offline exams, citing the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
With inputs from PTI