New Delhi, 11 October 2021 – The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) has released a circular dictating schools to conduct board exams in hybrid mode. As per the new circular, all schools affiliated to the CISCE board will have to provide students the option to give exams either offline or online. This dictum will be applicable to the first semester of 10th and 12th class board exams, which are scheduled to be held in November and December 2021.
Note: The board is yet to make a formal announcement regarding the circular; however, a source notes that CISCE-affiliated schools are already notified about it.
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What Does the Circular Say About ICSE-ISC Exams 2022?
According to the circular, schools have to seek parents’ permission to conduct offline exams. Those parents who are not comfortable with sending their children to school may opt for online exams.
Speaking about the dictum, Gerry Arathoon, the chief executive and secretary of the council said: “While the preference is to write the exam at the school with consent from parents, the exam can also be written from the candidate’s home. For the smooth conduct of the online exams, there are certain requirements to be met for which schools need to provide details of the proctors, buffer proctors and also support IT executives. Every school has been asked to appoint at least one IT support executive to a maximum of three IT support executives. For example, if a school has 455 candidates, then the school has to appoint three IT support executives and two if the students are 190.”
What Are The Requirements For Taking CISCE 10th and 12th Online Board Exams 2022?
Where offline exams will be held in classrooms as usual, students appearing for online exams must specify the type of devices they will be using to give the exam. These could be laptops, PCs, tablets, or smartphones – the only prerequisite is that the device must contain a camera.
As per a report by the Bangalore Mirror, students will be penalized for turning their cameras off for any reason whatsoever. The report instructs that for every five minutes of loss of video, students will lose five marks.
What Are Parents Saying About CISCE Circular?
A small percentage of parents still want the exams to be held offline, while others are relieved that they won’t have to send their children to schools in light of the global pandemic and increasing cases of dengue.