Cancel the remaining ICSE exams for 2020
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The remaining papers left in the ICSE 2020 exam schedule were indefinitely postponed in mid-March 2020 with the onset of the global pandemic related to COVID-19.
Now, two months later, the exams have been rescheduled for early July 2020. However, many students have already been promoted to the 11th standard in their schools (and have already started their studies) and therefore do not require final board scores for further education. And for those students seeking seats in junior colleges, admissions could be completed on the basis of internal, preliminary results, with an adjustment factor to normalize results across schools or another workable solution.
With hotspots scattered throughout the nation, it is difficult to safeguard the health and safety of students, faculty, administrators, and staff in every testing centre. Beyond this, transport to/from testing centres is also uncertain given that public transport options may be limited. For these reasons, the administration of such exams is both unnecessary AND unfair.
Additionally, since many students live with grandparents and other elderly and/or immunocompromised family members, the impact could be further multiplied nearly instantly and further strain an already stretched medical infrastructure. It is, therefore, clear that risks presented far outweighs any rewards associated with the exercise.
Given that most boards across the country and around the world have cancelled annual exams, there doesn't seem to be any compelling imperative to continue with ICSE, given that the bulk of the papers are already complete and that internal marks are also available.
We implore decision makers to step back and consider the bigger picture of health and safety and make the most prudent decision: cancel the remaining ICSE exams for 2020.
Concerned parents of Standard 10 students
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