Due to the fear of a rise in Covid-19 infection, the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) has asked schools to conduct online examinations for class IX and XI.
Considering the present situation, the school and mass education department may allow conduct of intra-school class promotion examination for 9th and 11th standards giving the option of online examination to the students with consent of their parents and guardians, read the SRC guidelines.
As per the order of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), its affiliated schools are all set for offline examination while some private schools affiliated to other boards have already started the annual exam for class IX and XI in offline mode.
“The March guidelines really confused us and we cannot decide how to go about it. We have planned to conduct the annual exam for class IX and XI in offline mode from Monday as per the CBSE guidelines. Today is Saturday and there is no time to inform all students for any change in exam schedule,” said the principal of a leading CBSE school in the city.
School sources said a large number of parents are asking for offline exam to avoid the possibilities of malpractice while students have been requesting for online exams.
Meanwhile, some schools have decided to conduct offline exams following Covid-19 guidelines. “We are going to conduct the exam in offline mode following Covid guidelines. Since the whole school is empty as there are no physical classes for junior students we can easily maintain social distancing,” said Nilakantha Panigrahy, senior principal of SAI International School.
The SRC also allowed open air theatres, jatras and operas with permission from the local authorities following safety protocols like mandatory wearing of masks, physical distancing and provision of thermal scanning. Jatra artists from across the state have been protesting in front of the assembly for the last six days demanding the government to allow them to perform on stage.