Arrangements in place for conducting remaining SSLC, other exams in Kerala, 5,000 thermal scanners to be deployed at exam centres

South India

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday announced that all arrangements are in place for conducting the remaining SSLC, Higher Secondary and Vocational Higher Secondary examinations in Kerala from May 26-30.


Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday informed that the government has ordered 5,000 thermal scanners for the 3,000 examination centres in the state.

"The education officers and school principals have been given instructions for conducting the examination by strictly complying with health and safety standards," said CM Vijayan.

"All the schools with examination centres will be disinfected with the help of the fire force. Orders have been placed for the purchase of 5,000 IR thermometers to be used at examination centres for thermal screening. The Headmasters and the concerned education officers are instructed to make necessary sanitizer and soap available in all schools." he said.

The CM informed that instructions have been given to the education officers assigned for examination duty and to those doing invigilation work. 

There will be no examination centres in the Containment Zone and these students will be allotted other centres.

The Chief Minister said that students coming from other states will have to undergo 14-day quarantine but they will be given facility for writing the exams. Similarly, students coming from homes where other family members are quarantined will also get a special facility. 

“All students will be subjected to thermal screening and if required, there will be arrangements for medical care in schools," he said.

On returning home from the examination, students have been asked to take a shower. They should interact with the family members only after this. 

As per the report, gloves are must for teachers and answer sheets will be kept in the examination centre for seven days.

"An instruction notice regarding safe and healthy practices and a mask will be home delivered to all SSLC students before the examination date. Masks will be distributed to students in Higher Secondary and Vocational Higher Secondary Schools through NSS," he added.

As per the report, so far 10,920 students have applied for change in exam centres - SSLC (1,866), HSE (8,835) and VHSE (219). The concerned education officers will send the question papers accordingly.

As per the report, arrangements have also been made for conducting examinations in the Gulf and Lakshadweep regions for exams. Permission has been recorded to conduct exams in schools in the Gulf.

“ All students will have the opportunity to write exams and facilitate higher studies. If any student is unable to write the exam on these dates, they need not worry. They can appear for the regular exam which will be conducted along with the SAY exam so that they do not miss out on the opportunities for higher studies", CM Vijayan said.

He said that war rooms will function at the Directorate of General Education and in each district from May 23 to coordinate examination activities and dispel the doubts of students, teachers and parents.

The CM also informed that guidelines have been prepared for the opening of Colleges in the State from June 01. They will conduct online classes till regular classes can be started.

Kerala recorded 42 fresh COVID-19 cases on Friday, the single biggest spike in a day after the first case in the state. The number of active cases in the state is 216.


With inputs from ANI

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