KOLKATA: Though the board exams being pushed back or cancelled has come as a relief to examinees, t are many CBSE XII ISC cidates who have tested positive for Covid during the ongoing practicals are being forced to miss the tests. The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has now allowed schools to appeal on behalf of such cidates so that their remaining practicals can be rescheduled on campus after they get well leave quarantine. The CBSE had earlier announced this too. Cidates with non-lab-based subjects who had to come to school for their board viva, but could not do so because of Covid, have been tested online.
On Friday, an ISC cidate of South City School broke into fever at the end of the practical examination the school advised the parents to immediately get the child tested. He could not come for his last practical exam on Saturday.
"We are yet to get a report about whether the fever was due to Covid, but have assured the child about the decision of the Council that another exam will be organized for him," said principal John Bagul.
For another commerce student, the viva was arranged online. Similar online viva were organized for two ISC students of commerce humanities at St Augustine Day School, Barrackpore, since they tested positive, said school head Janet Gasper Chowdhury. A student of the Shyamnagar branch of the school missed his practi-cals because his parents had tested positive.
"We have assured the child that the Council has permitted a re-schedule of his practical exams," she said.
Parents of a topper at Heritage School tested positive for Covid just before his physics practical exam on Friday. But since it was his last exam he was well, the school allowed the boy to come in PPE after the rest of the batch had finished the test.
"We have an ISC cidate who could not come for his home science practical test because he tested positive. We appealed to the Council with his medical documents he has been granted a reschedule. We will do that after he has finished his quarantine tested negative," said principal of DPS Newtown Sonali Sen.
Many schools have completed their practical exams viva-voce, was some will do so by next week.
Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, for example, is yet to complete its CBSE XII practicals has about five to six cidates who could not appear because they were infected.
"They informed us that they tested positive we informed the Board. However, t is nothing to worry about since their practical exams have been rescheduled," said director Meena Kak.