The Department of Health and Family Welfare’s revised guidelines for conducting exams said that educational institutions and exam authorities must stagger the schedule to avoid overcrowding the exam centers each day.
“Only exam centers that are outside the security zone are allowed to function. The personnel / test objects from safety zones must not be admitted, ”says the revised standard operating instructions (SOPs).
These examinees should be given the opportunity to take the exam in other ways or universities / educational institutions / agencies could consider appropriate action in this regard, she added.
Educational institutions should have sufficient space to ensure proper seating arrangements for the exam.
Appropriate arrangements for personal protective equipment such as face coverings / masks and other logistical facilities such as hand sanitizer will be provided to the centers for both staff and students as required.
There should be enough entry and exit gates for students and staff to avoid overcrowding and to maintain a physical separation of at least 6 feet when queuing for entry and as far as possible within the center.
Contactless processes are emphasized
All employees at high risk (older employees, pregnant employees and employees with underlying illnesses) may not be used to monitor / carry out examinations.
Such staff should preferably be used for tasks that do not require direct contact with the students.
In the case of candidates using a scribe, both the candidate and the scribe must wear the masks and sit with reasonable physical distance.
“Institutions can take over contactless processes such as OP code, online forms and digital signatures for verification,” the guidelines say.
The examination room and other public areas must be cleaned every time before and after the examination.
In the case of a suspicious candidate, the sick person should be isolated. The person remains isolated while wearing a mask / face covering until a doctor examines them.