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Twitter Campaign Against ICSE Board Exams in Maharashtra

Parents of various students in Maharashtra have started a campaign demanding the delay in conducting the board exams for students due to the rising numbers in Covid cases.

The global pandemic has created a lot of hay-wire situations across the globe. Lakhs of people have been affected because of the virus and Lakhs have lost their lives to the altar of the virus. During the whole crisis, a major setback was faced by the students. At the starting of March, all schools were shut due to the rising risk of coronavirus. As a result, many students failed to attend the board exams due to the sudden closing of schools.

Seeing the scenario, MHRD announced that the rest of the board exams will be conducted in the month of July. However, the current rising graph of coronavirus is haunting parents for the safety of their children. Recently a strong campaign was going on twitter with the name #Cancel10thICSEBOARD. The Indian school certificate Examination (ICSE) board told the Bombay High Court that it would be holding the 10th standard examination in July with all safety precautions. After which a strong campaign was started by a few parents residing in Maharashtra.

Several petitions have been filled online demanding examinations to be cancelled due to rising numbers in Covid-19 cases. Parents are certainly not happy about conducting the pending examination during the pandemic. On the contrary, the Maharashtra government said that it is not feasible to conduct the exams, seeing that Maharashtra is the epicentre of coronavirus in India.

According to the Times of India, mothers of a handful of students have made a WhatsApp group to gather more people in support of the campaign. Within a couple of hours, multiple groups were created and over 2,300 parents were the part of those groups. Radhika Singh one of the mothers quoted “We realized that most of the parents have similar concerns about the safety of children, so we decided to raise voice through social media”

Seeing the condition in Mumbai, the state school education department also wrote to the board, for conducting the examination a month later or to rely on internal assessment. However, the central board has argued in its affidavit that it did not require the state’s permission for conducting the exam.  A parent has also filed a petition in the Bombay High Court because of the conduction of examination.

As the condition for COVID 19 is worsening day by day, the risk for the students gets higher to appear face to face for board exams. And now this has become the major concern for the parents to protect their children from getting exposed to the virus.

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