Kohima, April 06 (NEx): The Principal secretary, Home, Abhijit Sinha issued an additional Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) regarding the measures for preventing and containing the spread of COVID-19 during the conduct of HSLC & HSSLC examinations 2021 for the safety of students, teachers, staff, employees, and all others concerned.
The order stated that the additional Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is issued for strict compliance by all concerned throughout the State of Nagaland, in case a candidate is tested COVID-19 positive during the conduct of the examinations.
The additional SOP says that, any candidate who has tested COVID-19 positive shall NOT be allowed to enter the examination premises or appear for the examination. He or she shall be given another chance to appear for the subject(s) in which he/she could not appear within the current year. This facility shall be given only to those candidates who have been tested COVID-19 positive and duly certified by the Medical Department, Government of Nagaland, the order said.
For those COVID-19 positive cases who could not appear their examinations, the Nagaland Board of School Education shall give another opportunity to appear the examination at a later date which shall be duly notified by the Board.
It also said that a COVID-19 positive candidate on being tested negative, shall be allowed to sit for the remaining subject(s) after producing a negative report to be certified by the Medical Department, Government of Nagaland. In such cases, the Centre Superintendent will make arrangement to let the candidate sit in a separate room by maintaining the SOPs. The NBSE will keep the question paper sets and examination materials ready to hold a separate examination for those candidates who tested COVID-19 positive and recovered after completion of the main examinations of HSLC and HSSLC. The SOP shall be a one time measure to ensure that the candidates are not deprived of appearing the Board examinations, 2021, it said.
The SOP further said that the Centre Superintendent and the Invigilators shall watch out for any health problems occurring amongst the candidates and report it to the medical authorities promptly.
The Principal Secretary asserted that every candidate must wear face mask compulsorily and adhere to the SOP issued by the Government for appearing in the examinations.