India/ 03 September 2020/ Source/ https://www.indiatoday.in/
In MHA’s latest exam guidelines, it is stated that students and staff from containment zones will not be allowed and submission of a health declaration is mandatory.
As per the latest guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on conducting exams safely during the Covid-19 pandemic, the staff and students from containment zones will not be allowed, masks and health declarations will be mandatory and entry will only be given to asymptomatic people.
MHA issued a list of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the conduction of pen and paper examinations, and it was stated that the invigilator will be required to sanitize their hands before and after the distribution of the question papers, and the students will have to do the same.
“Use of spit/saliva for counting and distributing sheets shall not be allowed,” the SOPs stated. The collection and packing of the answer sheets will also involve sanitisation of the hands at every stage, as per PTI reports.
It also stated in the document that staff with any underlying health conditions will not be deployed as an invigilator for these exams. Staff at high risks such as older employees and pregnant women will not be allowed as invigilators.
These staff members should preferably be deployed in tasks not requiring direct contact with the students, it stated.
Students from containment zoned disallowed
For the examinations that will be conducted in online or computer-based mode, the systems will be cleaned and disinfected using alcohol wipes before and after the examination all exam functionaries and examinees will be maintained for future reference and traceability.
As per the guidelines, the students and staff from containment zones will not be allowed to appear for the examinations so that other students present at the centre don’t get infected amid the Covid-19 pandemic.