Shillong: The schools of Shillong came alive once again when several students come out to give their exams. Over 3,000 students sat for the Mathematics examination of the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBoSE) on Wednesday. The 12th exams had been called off on March 22 due to the coronavirus pandemic and got rescheduled.
All students seem to have adapted to the new normal; all of them were wearing face masks while writing their exams. One student from Shillong College even wore a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suit leaving the other students surprised.
A few of the students from other states had to miss out on the exams because of border restrictions. Speaking to EastMojo, Seven Set Higher Secondary School Principal, Elnathan Nongbri said that 3 students from Mizoram and Manipur had to miss out on the exams since they were under quarantine in their respective states. Nongbri informed that if the students wish to appear for the exams after things are normal, the school will take it up with the board.
The same problem was reported at the St. Anthony’s School.
Principal Fr. Anthony Kharkongor said that 8 students could not make it for their exams since they are from other states like Arunachal, Mizoram and even from Kolkata.
Strict health protocols were followed at all schools. “In a classroom that can accommodate 100 students but for the exams we have arranged 15 students per room. A sick room meant for students who feel unwell or whose temperatures appear high on the thermal scanner has also been arranged. Altogether there are 18 invigilators for today. 6 students from Seven Set Higher Secondary School have opted for change of centre to their district headquarters,” added Elnathan Nongbri.
St. Anthony’s Higher Secondary School was one among the schools in the state to have a high number of students appearing for the exams.
“266 students appeared for the Mathematics subject. The rooms have been allocated according to the protocols laid down by the government. 17 rooms were arranged for the students. Many invigilators were needed due to the large number of students in several rooms,” said Fr. Anthony Kharkongor.
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The government had advised the schools to purchase thermal scanners, but after several concerns were raised, the government decided to provide the thermal scanners to the school.