Amid the ongoing Joint Entrance Exams (JEE) (Mains) across the country, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Tuesday issued SOPs on preventive measures to be followed while conducting examinations to contain the spread of COVID-19.
In a circular, the MoHFW said that it’s vital to plan and conduct the examinations while following specific preventive measures. It said that measures should be followed as the examination centres are frequented by a large number of students (as well as their parents) and staff till the entire duration of the exam.
It added that the SOP provides for minimum precautions to be followed during the planning and conduct of examinations. Universities/ Educational Institutions/ Examination Conducting Authorities/ Examination centres may put additional measures in place as per their local assessment and in line with activities permitted by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) as per MHA orders issued under Disaster Management Act, 2005 from time to time.
1. Generic preventive measures: The generic measures include simple public health measures that are to be followed to reduce the risk of COVID-19. These measures need to be observed by all (staff, students and parents) in these places at all times. These include: i. The physical distancing of at least 6 feet to be followed as far as feasible, ii. Use of face covers/masks to be made mandatory, iii. Practice frequent hand washing with soap (for at least 40-60 seconds) even when hands are not visibly dirty. Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (for at least 20 seconds) can be made wherever feasible, iv. Respiratory etiquette to be strictly followed. This involves the strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue/handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing of used tissues properly, v. Self-monitoring of health by all and reporting any illness at the earliest, vi. Spitting shall be strictly prohibited, and vii. Installation & use of Aarogya Setu App shall be advised to all, as far as feasible.
2. All Universities/Educational Institutions/Examination Conducting Authorities/Examination centres shall specifically ensure the following arrangements:
a) Planning of examinations–
b) Transportation to and from the examination centre: If any transportation is arranged by educational institutions conducting examinations, proper sanitization of buses/other transport vehicles shall be ensured.
c) Entry and exit to the examination centre:
d) Special precautions for high-risk individuals: i. All staff that is at high risk (older employees, pregnant employees and employees who
e) Movement within the examination centre, seating arrangement including the conduct of examination:
f) Sanitation and Hygiene: i. Examination hall and other common areas shall be sanitized each time before and after the examination.
g) SOP to be followed in case of a suspect case or person who develops symptoms during the conduct of examination:
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