These students had returned to their country 20 months ago when their school – a residential institute – closed campus because of the Covid pandemic. Since the educational institutes in Calcutta were closed until recently and the various restrictions and risks associated with travel currently exist, the council has allowed students to appear for their boards from a university in Yerevan with which the school has some agreements. An Armenian girl at La Martiniere for Girls is also writing her ISC papers from her country.
Six boys in Armenia will be writing their papers from Gevorgian Theological Seminary in Vagharshapat near Yerevan. There is a university and professors are there to help carry out the tests. “We made the arrangements with the consent of the council. We are in contact with our boys, the center there and the council here. We hope that everything will be okay and that the boys can come to the exam, ”said Debanjali Chowdhury, Rector of the Armenian College. The headmistress of La Martiniere for Girls Rupkatha Sarkar is also in contact with her lonely foreign student who is taking her ISC exams in Armenia.
But not all foreign candidates stay behind in their countries. Several students from Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal have returned to their boarding schools in Darjeeling, Klassenong and Kalimpong to take their ISC and ICSE exams. An Indian student from South City International School stuck in Mombasa, Kenya. Her parents had asked the school to help her write her ICSE exams from there, said school principal John Bagul. “The council allowed the school to set up a center for them in the Indian embassy if possible. But the parents brought her back this week, ”he said.
Several hundred students from Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh have returned to their institutes in the Hills, such as St. Joseph’s North Point, St. Paul’s, Himali Boarding School and Rockvale Academy for their boards. They had also initially asked their schools to set up centers in their countries, but their parents eventually sent them back. “All of our foreign students are back on campus. We have taken precautions in accordance with Covid as they live on campus for the duration of the board exam. We are very happy to have her back, ”said Father Leo, principal of St. Joseph’s School in North Point. St. Paul’s School Headmistress Reverend Joy Halder said: “We don’t have a Thai student this time. All of our overseas students from Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh are back, ”he said. Robi Subba, Rector of Himali Boarding School, said, “Had Thai students been here they might have asked us to arrange centers in their home countries, but the pandemic resulted in an exodus of Thai students.”