COVID-19 pa­tients to take col­lege en­trance exam at sep­a­rate sites

The Korea Times - - NATIONAL -

Korean stu­dents in­fected with the novel coro­n­avirus or in self-quar­an­tine can still take the na­tional univer­sity en­trance exam at sep­a­rate sites in early De­cem­ber.

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion un­veiled Tues­day the plan for the Col­lege Scholas­tic Abil­ity Test (CSAT), the coun­try’s big­gest aca­demic event of the year, which in­cludes mea­sures to safely hold the test for ap­prox­i­mately 480,000 stu­dents dur­ing the COVID-19 pan­demic.

The plan, de­vised jointly with health au­thor­i­ties, ed­u­ca­tion of­fices and uni­ver­si­ties na­tion­wide, of­fers de­tailed guide­lines for the state-run exam, as well as the se­lec­tion and screen­ing process run by uni­ver­si­ties na­tion­wide.

For the na­tional event slated for Dec. 3, test­ing sites, 1,185 in to­tal, will be set up in ac­cor­dance with quar­an­tine pro­to­cols, with a max­i­mum ca­pac­ity of 24 stu­dents per test­ing room, down from the usual 28, to en­sure so­cial dis­tanc­ing.

Spaced out desks will be in­stalled with plas­tic di­viders. Face masks will be manda­tory, and there will be fever checks.

The min­istry said it will closely mon­i­tor the spread of the virus to de­ter­mine the num­ber of test­ing rooms needed for stu­dents who show symp­toms of COVID-19 on the test­ing day.

Stu­dents in­fected with the virus are al­lowed to take the test in hos­pi­tals or other govern­ment in­sti­tutes. Those in self-quar­an­tine should travel by car or am­bu­lance to take the exam in sep­a­rate test­ing sites.

More de­tailed plans on quar­an­tine per­son­nel and ven­ti­la­tion for test­ing venues will be de­ter­mined in late Septem­ber or early Oc­to­ber, in con­sul­ta­tion with rel­e­vant govern­ment agen­cies, the min­istry said.

Sep­a­rately, the min­istry urged uni­ver­si­ties to cre­ate a thor­ough anti-virus plan for stu­dent re­cruit­ing.

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