Govt points revised SOP for conducting exams amid Covid

New Delhi, September 11

The authorities has issued a revised SOP for conducting examinations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, eradicating the supply that allowed symptomatic candidates who insist on taking an examination to take action in isolation.

According to the revised doc by the Health Ministry, in common course, a symptomatic candidate needs to be referred to the closest well being centre and given a possibility to undertake the examination by means of different means, or the college or academic establishment shall organize for taking the examination at a later date when the coed is asserted bodily match.

“However, if a scholar is discovered to be symptomatic, the permission or denial thereof, in such circumstances shall be granted as per the coverage already enunciated on the problem by the Examination Conducting Authorities,” the revised Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) stated.

The Ministry had on September 2 issued tips as per which workers and examinees from containment zones shall not be permitted to be bodily current at examination centres and there can be different preparations for such college students.

Such college students shall be given a possibility to undertake the examination by means of different means, or universities and academic establishments shall organize for taking the examination at a later date for them.

According to the SOP, acceptable preparations for private safety gears similar to face covers or masks, and different logistics similar to hand sanitisers, cleaning soap, sodium hypochlorite resolution and so on shall be made obtainable by universities, academic establishments, the examination conducting authorities or examination centres to the workers in addition to college students as per necessities.

“Exam functionary and examinees may also submit self-declaration about health status at the time of entrance to the examination centre. Such self-declaration form may be circulated at the time of issue of admit tickets,” the rules stated.

If any examination functionary or examinee fails to satisfy the self-declaration standards, they shall not be allowed entry, the SOP underlined.

Also, solely asymptomatic workers and college students shall be allowed contained in the examination corridor, the SOP said, including carrying face cowl or masks is obligatory.

The face cowl or masks must be worn always contained in the examination centre by all, it underlined.

Authorities involved ought to plan out the examination schedule in a staggered method in order to keep away from overcrowding at any examination centre on any day, the SOP said.

Examination centres in containment zones shall not be allowed to operate, it stated.

For pen and paper-based checks, the SOP outlines that the invigilator will sanitise his or her fingers previous to the distribution of query papers or reply sheets and the examinees may also sanitise their fingers earlier than receiving or handing again these supplies.

The assortment and packing of the reply sheets at each stage will contain sanitisation of fingers. The reply sheets will ideally be opened up after 72 hours have elapsed submit assortment of papers, the rules beneficial.

“Use of spit/saliva for counting and distributing sheets shall not be allowed,” the SOP said.

The examination centre ought to have a delegated isolation room for isolating any one that is discovered symptomatic on the time of screening or in the course of the examination, until such time medical recommendation could also be sought.

A transparent coverage on permitting or disallowing symptomatic candidates to undertake examinations shall be delineated by the examination conducting authorities upfront, the SOP said. PTI

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