Council request to state and union territory governments to allow practical classes
The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has requested the governments of all states and union territories to allow partial reopening of schools for classes X and XII from January 4 so that the students can attend practical classes ahead of the ISC and ICSE exams.
“For the final run-up to the examinations, CISCE has requested the chief ministers of all state governments/UTs to allow schools to reopen partially, specifically for the students of Classes X & XII from January 4, 2021. With the students physically attending school, this time will be utilized for practical Work, Project Work, SUPW Work and for 'Doubt Clearing' lessons. This will be extremely beneficial to the students who will now get the time to interact directly with their teachers,” the chief executive and secretary of CISCE, Gerry Arathoon, said in a statement on December 3.
CISCE has also requested the Chief Election Commissioner of India to share the election dates of the states to hold elections in April-May 2021. “This will enable CISCE to finalise the schedules for ICSE and ISC exams for 2021 and to ensure that there are no clash of dates, interruption of examinations or any inconvenience to candidates,” Arathoon said.
In a statement issued last week, Arathoon had stated that the ISC and ICSE exams may have to be deferred because of the pandemic. Deviating from the usual practice of holding both exams in February, the dates may be pushed back to April-May 2021.
CISCE has pointed out that all schools have been closed from March because of the pandemic but most schools have continued with the teaching-learning process in an online/offline/blended manner, as indicated by a survey conducted by CISCE on the status of online teaching, assessment and completion of syllabus.
The council has ensured that if schools are allowed to reopen partially, all COVID-19 safety norms as prescribed by the Centre and the state/ union territory governments would be strictly followed.
“If allowed to reopen, the schools will be asked to follow the directives of the state government regarding COVID-19 and to conform to the safety guidelines and the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) of the state health departments to prevent the spread of the coronavirus,” Arathoon said.
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