New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk: The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) board on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that the board have decided not to conduct the remaining class 10th and class 12th exams. 

The Supreme Court was informed about ICSE's decision shortly after the CBSE informed the top court that they have decided to cancel the remaining class 10th and class 12th board exams. 

Solicitor General, Tushar Mehta, appearing for ICSE board also informed the Supreme Court that unlike CBSE, the ICSE has decided not to give any option to the students to appear for the exams later, and hence the class 10th and class 12th board exams remain cancelled. 

The decision of ICSE board came after a separate plea was filed in the Supreme Court on Tuesday which has sought scrapping of the examinations conducted by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ICSE) amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jaideep Gupta, the counsel appearing for ICSE, during June 23 hearing, told the bench that they would broadly follow the government's decision regarding CBSE exams. The bench, however, observed that the ICSE can take its own informed decision on the issue. Tushar Mehta said that decision taken regarding CBSE exam may not be binding on ICSE. 

"At the request of Jaideep Gupta, senior counsel, appearing for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ISCE), we defer the hearing of this matter to June 25 at 2 PM. Also, because the Government of India is likely to take an informed decision with regard to the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE)," the bench noted in its June 23 order.

Raising concern over the safety of lakhs of students, the plea filed in the apex court has said that they might be exposed to COVID-19 infection if they have to appear in the examinations amid an increase in the number of cases of virus infection.

The plea also alleged that considering the gravity of COVID-19 pandemic, the CBSE has cancelled the examinations of Class X and XII for its around 250 schools which are situated abroad and have adopted the criteria of awarding marks on the basis of either practical exams conducted or the internal assessment marks.

The plea said that in April this year, the CBSE had directed the schools to promote students of classes IX and XI to the respective next grades on the basis of school-based assessments.

(With PTI Inputs)

Posted By: Talib Khan