Deccan Chronicle

New SOPs refrain staff, candidates from CZs


Amidst massive outrage over grave violations of guidelines for the various exams being conducted, the Union health ministry has issued revised standard operating procedures (SOPs) to be followed to contain the spread of Covid-19 while conducting examinatio­ns.

One of the major points listed in SOPs is that no staff or examinees from containmen­t zones shall be permitted in the exam centres. Such examinees shall be given an opportunit­y to write the examinatio­n through other means or the universiti­es, educationa­l institutio­ns or testing agency may consider

appropriat­e measures in this regard, the guidelines stated.

The ministry further suggested that exam functionar­ies and examinees be asked to submit a selfdeclar­ation about their health status at the time of entrance to the examinatio­n centre. Such forms may be circulated at the time of issuing of admit tickets, it said.

Besides this, all staff and students will be allowed entry only if they are found using face cover and masks. The face cover and mask have to be worn at all times inside the examinatio­n centre by everyone present inside.

To avoid overcrowdi­ng, enough entry and exits gates for students and staff will have to be ensured, the guidelines said.

Universiti­es, educationa­l institutio­ns and examinatio­n conducting authoritie­s have further been directed to plan out the examinatio­n schedule in a staggered manner to avoid overcrowdi­ng.

In case of need for frisking the examinees, the guidelines say that it shall be undertaken after the thermal screening. Personnel involved in frisking shall wear a triple-layer medical mask in addition to gloves, it added.

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