Students, workers from containment zones not allowed at examination centres: Health Ministry SOPs

New Delhi, September 2

Staff 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, as per the Union Health Ministry’s newest pointers on conducting assessments throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Such college students shall be given a chance to take the examination by means of different means or instructional establishments shall prepare their papers at a later date, in accordance with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued Wednesday. Also, solely asymptomatic workers and college students shall be allowed contained in the examination corridor, the SOPs said, including sporting face cowl/masks is necessary.

The face cowl or masks needs to be worn always contained in the examination heart 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 heart on any day, the SOPs said. Examination facilities in containment zones shall not be allowed to perform, it mentioned.

Appropriate preparations for face covers/masks, hand-sanitiser, cleaning soap, sodium hypochlorite answer and so on. shall be made accessible by universities, instructional establishments, examination conducting authorities or examination facilities to the workers in addition to college students, it mentioned.

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

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

For pen and paper-based assessments, the SOPs define that the invigilator will sanitise his/her palms previous to the distribution of query papers/reply sheets and the examinees can even sanitise their palms earlier than receiving or handing again these supplies.

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

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

For on-line or computer-based examination, the methods shall be disinfected utilizing alcohol wipes earlier than and after conduct of examination and document of all examination functionaries and examinees needs to be maintained within the system for future reference and traceability, the rules underlined.

Entrances of examination centres ought to have necessary hand hygiene and thermal screening provisions, it mentioned. PTI 

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