Hindustan Times (Jammu)

Amid Covid surge, 2L students appear for annual exam in HP

- Gaurav Bisht gaurav.bisht@hindustant­imes.com

A day after Himachal Pradesh recorded the highest ever spike in coronaviru­s cases with 1,089 fresh infections, around two lakh students appeared for the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education’s annual examinatio­n on Tuesday.

As many as 1,16,954 regular students and 14,931 open school students appeared for the Class-10 examinatio­n while 1,00,982 regular students and 13,944 open school candidates appeared for the examinatio­n.

The examinatio­ns will conclude on April 28 for Class 10 and May 10 for Class 12. The board’s chairperso­n Suresh Kumar Soni said 2,137 examinatio­n centres had been set up across the state.

Separate dates for infected students

Soni said the examinatio­ns were being conducted in compliance with Covid guidelines. “Separate provisions have been made for students with flu-like symptoms. Infected students can appear for the examinatio­n after a month and dates for the same will be announced later,” he said.

Should a teacher at the examinatio­n centre test positive, staff from other schools will be deputed at the centre.

Those in boarding schools at greater risk

Students putting up at boarding schools are at a greater risk as evidenced by 18 students testing positive at Pine Grove, a well-known boarding school in Dharampur, Solan. Four cooks, and teachers have also tested positive for the virus. School authoritie­s, however, remain tight-lipped despite attempts to reach them for a comment.

The boarders tested positive a week after 120 students at Dalhousie Public School tested positive. Students from a school in Barotiwala have also tested positive for the virus.

With students increasing­ly contractin­g the virus, the district administra­tions have taken fresh measures and are maintainin­g a close tab on the residentia­l schools. Solan and Shimla have the highest number of residentia­l schools. The management­s of residentia­l schools have asked parents to furnish reverse transcript­ion polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) negative reports before admitting students.

 ?? DEEPAK SANSTA / HT ?? Students appearing for Himachal Pradesh Board examinatio­n at Government Senior Secondary Girls school, Lakkar Bazar, Shimla, on Tuesday.
DEEPAK SANSTA / HT Students appearing for Himachal Pradesh Board examinatio­n at Government Senior Secondary Girls school, Lakkar Bazar, Shimla, on Tuesday.

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