KOLKATA: School principals are not sure which one would be a better solution to the current situation: delayed ISC and CBSE exams or a final tally drawn up based on the tests held in school and the project/internal marks sent to CISCE and CBSE. St Augustine’s Day School, Shyamnagar, and Barrackpore will hold an online debate on the fate of board exams on Saturday that will be attended by principals in Kolkata and other cities.
Most claimed they did not have a specific answer to the problem of holding an exam in the pandemic, but they agreed a final call had to be taken soon to allay students’ anxiety. Among the principals who will join the debate is La Martiniere for Girls principal Rupkatha Sarkar, Loreto House principal Aruna Gomes and St Augustine Day School, Shyamnagar, principal Rodney Borneo. Ruchi Seth of Lotus Valley Noida, Sunita George, principal of Bombay Scottish School, and Edwin Christopher, principal of Bishop Cotton School, Bangalore, will also be present.
“An exam is necessary, but we do not know how to make it possible amid the pandemic. We need to inform foreign universities about the situation here…,” said Sarkar. South City International principal John Bagul said, “A solution for ISC students is not easy to find as we are launching them for higher education.” Janet Gasper Chowdhury, president of St Augustine Education Society, felt open online platforms would help generate public opinion and aid the council to take a call.