8 students appear for Statistics exams at Shillong College maintaining social distancing. Teachers worry for Wednesday as 140 students are to appear for exams
Shillong: After a gap of 2 months the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBoSE) has resumed the remaining exams of the Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (HSSLC) on Monday.
Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, the education department had called off the exams on March 22, papers scheduled for March 23, 24 & 25 were postponed.
On visiting one of the centres in the city, Shillong College had 8 students appearing for Statistics examination, 48 students will be appearing for Tuesday's paper and 140 students on Wednesday.
Speaking to the principal of Higher Secondary Education, Shillong College, L Pathaw said that the government has been able to provide with all the facilities like sanitizer, mask etc.
Pathaw expressed concern on how to handle thousands of students who would be rushing for admissions.
Three papers of the HSSLC were left to complete.
According to the new schedule- Monday, June 8- Statistics; Tuesday, June 9- Music (Western)/Physical Education; Wednesday June 10- Mathematics.
At Shillong College strict health protocols was carried out, students were screened and sanitized from hands to their shoes. Social distancing was also maintained. 6 students were seated in one room and 2 other students whose temperature fluctuated on the infrared thermometer were seated in another room.
Vice Principal of Higher Secondary Education of Shillong College, I Kharkrang said that students are made to come two hours prior to the exam timings which is 10 am.
"As of today since the number is less there was no challenge but the main headache will be on the 10th, because there are quite a handful of them. Around 140 of them will be appearing and that will be a challenge, screening and thermal checking. As of now there are 4 security guards, 1 full-time nurse and since on the 10th, there will be 140 students so we have to increase the number of the staff. We are confident and prepared," said Kharkrang.
She added that the school has made arrangements for June 10. Eight classrooms have been arranged and 2 spare classrooms will be be for students whose temperature doesn't seem right.
Pathaw also added that two students from Manipur had opted out of this exams since it's their fourth subject and also due to the movement restrictions set by the Manipur government.