The ICSE Class 10 board examination has been cancelled due to the "worsening situation" of the coronavirus pandemic, the board said today days after it had made the exam optional.
The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) board had just days ago postponed its Class 10 and 12 examinations after a nationwide Covid surge and requests from parents and students made them rethink.
"The safety and wellbeing of our students and teaching faculty is our topmost priority and of paramount interest," the board said in a circular.
The board had said that new dates for ISC Class 12 examination will be announced in June. While exams will be held for Class 12 students later, Class 10 students were allowed to either opt out or take the exam in offline mode later.
The board today cancelled the examination as the country records grim records and unprecedented spike in cases in the second and more deadly wave of Covid. Today is the sixth consecutive day India recorded over 2 lakh cases.
The ISC Class 12 examination, like its CBSE counterpart, will be held at a later date after the Covid situation improves. The CBSE has also cancelled examinations for Class 10 students.
CISCE also said that the Class 10 students will be marked by devising a "fair and unbiased" criterion. The date of results will be announced later, the board said, adding that Class 11 admissions and online classes must begin at the earliest at affiliated schools.
The Class 10 exams were scheduled from May 4 to June 7.
Over 35 lakh students appearing for the board exams stand affected by the decision. The CBSE Class 12 exams were postponed last week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with the Education Minister and other top officials. Two days later, the CISCE followed suit.
Spiralling coronavirus cases in the country have led to strict measures across states with many imposing weekend or night curfews. Delhi has announced a six-day lockdown till 5 am Monday to tackle the raging pandemic.
India registered 1,761 Covid deaths in the last 24 hours, the biggest one-day spike, and over 2.59 lakh new cases. The total number of cases, which shows a worrying rise in the second wave, now stands at more than 1.53 crore.