Now, the number of centres will not increase substantially for Board exams as was anticipated owing to Covid restrictions which allowed limited examinees in a room to ensure the safety of students.
The policy issued on November 25, 2020, stipulated setting up a centre for a minimum of 150 and maximum of 800 candidates. Now, the limit has been raised to a minimum 250 and maximum 12,00 students
Earlier, only 14 examinees were permitted in one room, but now 23 would be allowed to write the exam to be held in an offline mode. However, it will be better than past editions of the exams when an average of 26 children were seated in a single room.
Earlier maximum 400 children could sit in each shift, but now 600 examinees would be able to appear in the exam in a school per shift, enabling proper utilisation of seating capacity of big schools, UP Board secretary Divyakant Shukla said.
As per the order, total centres will not increase by more than 10 per cent as compared to last year.
A missive dated January 21 about the amendment in the online centre allotment policy for the 2021 high school and intermediate examinations of UP Board has been issued by additional chief secretary (secondary education) Aradhana Shukla. This order amends the government order issued on November 25, 2020.
The UP Board secretary said the directive has been conveyed to all district magistrates and inspectors of schools (DIOSs) across the state.
For the 2020 exams, UP Board had set up 7,784 centres. For the 2021 edition, not more than 8,562 centres will be set up.
As per the earlier policy, an area of 36sqft (3.34 sqm) was prescribed for each candidate appearing in the exams. Now, a standard of 6sqft distance would be kept between each candidate with every examinee getting 25sqft (2.32 sqm) of space.
With the requirement of 6 feet distance from all four walls, now 23 children will be able to sit in one room, shared a senior UP Board official.
The time schedule has also been revised. The final list of examination centres was scheduled to be out by February 9. Now, it will be released by February 22. The first list was to be declared on January 11, which will now be announced by January 25.
UP Board has issued the timetable for intermediate practicals, but is yet to issue the timetable for both high school and intermediate written exams.