Kolkata School Makes Corona Negative Certificate Must to Take ICSE, ISC Exams
A private school in Kolkata asked the parents of students willing to take the remaining ICSE and ISC examinations to get them tested for coronavirus. Only students with negative certificates will be allowed to take the examinations.
The CISCE has allowed students to take the pending board examinations from the city they are in currently. It has also given an option to take the examinations later during compartmental tests.
The examinations have been scheduled to be given from 1 to 14 July.
A notice posted on the website of the school says:
“Should your ward be interested for the examination, parents are requested to go for a COVID TEST for your ward and get a negative result, which will help all the students appearing the Examination and minimising the risk of all the other people who are involved in conducting the ICSE (or ISC) Examination 2020 for the revised dates.”
The notice, signed by the Principal of the school, asked the parents to submit the COVID-19 test result of students at the school by 25 June. The notice also said that should a candidate refrain from taking the examination, their Pre-Board marks will be accepted for the remaining papers.
No other school in West Bengal has put up such conditions for students who wish to take the remaining tests.
The Principal of a South Kolkata school remarked that the decision was “ridiculous and unfair.”
“Can a school do this to its students? Instead, they could have used thermal guns to check the body temperature of candidates at the gate and keep a medical helpdesk nearby,” the Principal said.
The head of another school scoffed at the impossibility of a test result submitted on 25 June being valid on 1 July, as these tests need to be taken within a timeframe of 48 hours.