Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has requested the authorities of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) to not hold the exams for Classes X and XII in July.
In a letter to the two boards, the government asked them to either postpone the exams or mark the students on internal assessments.
The government wrote that it will be difficult for students to travel to exam centres and it will also pose the risk of contracting coronavirus.
The letter also mentioned that the state authorities won’t be able to give permission to conduct exams as Maharashtra is an epicentre of coronavirus cases.
Six ICSE papers for Class X and eight papers of Class XII were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As per the new date sheet of ICSE, it will conduct exams between July 2 and 12 while ISC exams start from July 1 to 14.
Meanwhile, CBSE has announced that all the pending examinations will be held between July 1 and July 15.
However, an official from the ICSE board said that cancellation of exams might not be possible as there are too many pending papers.
“We have already told students in a circular released last month that in a situation wherein they cannot write the exam, they can send a representation through the school and the board would allow them to appear for the exam at the time of compartmental exams conducted at a later date. If internal exam marks are considered, many parents would object to it again,” Hindustan Times quoted the official as saying.