As per the Union Health Ministry’s latest guidelines over COVID-19, staff and examinees from containment zones shall not be permitted to be physically present at exam centres and there will be alternative arrangements for such students.
According to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), such students shall be given an opportunity to take the exam through other means or educational institutions shall arrange their papers at a later date. Also, only asymptomatic staff and students shall be allowed inside the examination hall, the SOPs stated, adding wearing face cover/mask is mandatory.
The SOP stated, the face cover or mask has to be worn at all times inside the examination center by all, it underlined. Authorities concerned should plan out the examination schedule in a staggered manner so as to avoid overcrowding at any examination center on any day.
Examination centers in containment zones shall not be allowed to function, it said. Appropriate arrangements for face covers/masks, hand-sanitiser, soap, sodium hypochlorite solution etc. shall be made available by universities, educational institutions, examination conducting authorities or examination centres to the staff as well as students, it said.
The collection and packing of the answer sheets at every stage will involve sanitization of the hands. The answer sheets will preferably be opened up after 72 hours have elapsed post collection of papers, the guidelines recommended.