Petition Filed in Bombay High Court By Parents Seeking Cancellation of ICSE, ISC Exams in July

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A Parent has challenged, in the Bombay High Court, ICSE’s decision to conduct pending exams for Grades 10 and 12 in July 2020. The parent raised concerns about the safety of the students. 

Issue 

In light of ICSE’s decision to conduct exams in July, parents have raised concerns about safety. Initially scheduled for May, ICSE has now rescheduled the exams for July. They rescheduled exams for Class 10 students from July 2 to 12, and those for Class 12 from July 1 to 14.

The Plea

Advocate Arvind Ragunath sought to cancel the exams in light of the pandemic. He asked ICSE to declare the results based on the past performance of students. The plea also asked to issue the results of Class 10 students so they could apply to junior colleges. The main concern raised was the inability of students to register for junior college. Hence, the plea also asked for restraint on the online admission process until the declaration of results.

Concerns Raised

The plea pointed out the concerns on the health and safety of the students. Apart from the exams being difficult to conduct, the decision violates fundamental rights. The petitioner raised concerns of students contracting the virus due to exams. The plea also questions whose responsibility it will be if people get infected.

Decision

Due to time constraints, the matter has been scheduled for the upcoming week. Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice SS Shinde are to hear the case.


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