The Maharashtra government said on Wednesday in a clarification to the Bombay Supreme Court that it would not allow the Indian School Certificate Examination (ICSE) board to conduct upcoming board exams in the state.
The clarification was in response to an appeal filed by the court from Mumbai-based Arvind Tiwari against the ICSE’s decision to conduct the remaining grades 10 and 12 exams in July, LiveMint reported.
The petitioner contested the decision based on Covid 19 cases in the state, which increased day by day.
The board had previously announced its decision to conduct the upcoming trials, which had been canceled across the country in March due to the Covid 19 outbreak in July. The Bombay High Court had instructed the state on Monday to clarify its position on the issue.
The state’s Civil Protection Committee, chaired by Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray, had decided not to allow the exams at a meeting on Tuesday, the report said.
The ICSE informed Bombay HC last week that it also gave students the opportunity to either take the upcoming exams in July or to determine their final results for upcoming subjects based on their performance in the internal assessment / pre-exam the board of directors for the respective schools will file.
The apex court is expected to take up the matter on Thursday. Following the announcement by the board’s lawyers, the Supreme Court will hold another hearing on the petition on June 29, the report said.
The Supreme Court will hear a similar petition on June 25 regarding the lifting of the remaining exams from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Board.
The hearing concerns a petition from a group of parents. The petition calls on the board to abolish the board’s remaining exams because holding them during the ongoing pandemic poses a risk of exposure to Covid-19.
According to previous reports, the hearing will take place on Thursday at 2 p.m.