Parents Seeking Cancellation of ICSE, ISC Exams in July – Petition Filed in Bombay High Court
In the wake of the Coronavirus epidemic across the country, parents of the wards are protesting for cancellation of CBSE Board exams. The CBSE exams are all set to be conducted from July 1 to 15. The parents show their disapproval to this decision of the HRD Minister of conducting the exams in such a risky situation.
Parents, therefore, planned to start a ‘Tweetathon’ on Friday in order to gain the HRD Minister’s attention. The parents are afraid that in July, the Coronavirus case will spike as per the ground situation of the present time. They are in fear with regard to their ward’s health and feel that the lives of their wards are more important than appearing in the Board examination.
“In March when the cases were too less, everything was shut down at the stroke of a pen. And now when cases have shot up dramatically and could to be at a peak in July, they want children to come out and sit for exams. On the other hand, the students are really worried about managing the assignments and preparing for the Board examinations at the same time”, said one parent.
A petition has been filed in the Bombay high court (HC) by a parent, challenging the decision of the Council for the Indian School Certification Examination (CISCE), which stated that the pending Class 10 exam for Indian School Certificate Examination (ICSE) students and Class 12 exam for Indian School Certificate students will be held in July.
The plea seeks urgent directions for protecting the life and health of the students who are to appear for the exams that were postponed since March, owing to the Covid-19 outbreak and rescheduled for July. The exams for Class 10 students were rescheduled from July 2 to 12, while those for Class 12 were rescheduled from July 1 to 14.
“In present situation conducting examinations is very difficult. Decision of the respondents severely violates fundamental rights provided under the constitution. While all students had to endure the trauma of lockdown measures and potent threat to health and life, the students of respective state boards and universities were protected by the authorities from exams and students of ICSE board are facing strong discrimination and have been exposed to the threat and fear of getting probably infected by moving out for exams.” The petition further states that as students, teachers and school staff would be required to travel to the school for the exams, if any of them were to be infected by the virus who would be held responsible for it. “In present pandemic situation, if anything happens to students, teachers and staff or police personnel, then who shall take responsibility,” said the plea.
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