New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said that the pending CBSE class 10 and class 12 board exams can be conducted during the nation-wide lockdown in-place to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

He also said that the process has been exempted from the lockdown measures with few conditions like social distancing, wearing of face mask among others for the safety of the students and teachers. Amit Shah also asserted that the state government should take the responsibility and arrange buses to transport the students to exam centres.  

“Taking into consideration the academic interest of large number of students, it has been decided to grant exemption from the lockdown measures to conduct Board examination for classes 10th & 12th, with few conditions like social distancing,face mask etc for their safety,” said Shah.

In a letter to Chief Secretaries of the States and Union Territories (UTs), Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said, “As you are aware, under the guidelines on lockdown measures opening of schools have been prohibited. As a result annual board examinations being conducted by State Education Boards/ CBSE/ ICSE etc for classes 10th and 12th have been suspended.”

“Requests have been received from the State Government and CBS for conducting the Board examinations and the matter has been examined in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Taking into consideration the academic interest of large number of students, it has been decided to grant exemption from lockdown measures to conduct Board Examinations for Class 10th and 12th,” the letter further added.

However, the order by the Home Ministry also have some conditions to be followed for the board exams to be conducted. The rules and regulations include are as follows:  

In the containment zone, one examination centre will be permitted.

Wearing of face masks by teachers, staff and students will be mandatory

There shall be provision of thermal screening and sanitizer at the centres and social distancing in all the examination centres.

In view of examination to be conducted by different Boards, their examination schedules should be staggered.

Special buses may be arranged by the State and UTs for transportation of the students to the examination centres.

Posted By: Talib Khan