Odishatv Bureau

With Covid19 rearing its ugly head in the form of a new Omicron BF.7 variant, the chances of school examinations being held with COVID19 restrictions is increasing.

The Odisha School & Mass Education minister has urged the students to wear masks to school and maintain social distancing. The School & Mass Education department is gearing up to conduct infection-free board exams, for which a decision has been taken to conduct examinations in adherence to Covid19 guidelines.

Thermal scanning of students will be done and steps will be taken to ensure entry after sanitization. Social distancing will be maintained inside examination halls. Though the COVID19 situation in Odisha is under control, the School and Mass Education department is reportedly in the process of releasing an advisory.

“Students should wear masks and maintain social distancing. I request all students to follow these guidelines. We are making arrangements to conduct the upcoming exams including the summative examinations in strict adherence to Covid19 guidelines,” said School & Mass Education minister, Samir Ranjan Dash.

On the other hand, a nation-wide mock drill will be conducted to check preparedness in view of a probable fourth wave of Covid19. As a part of this exercise, district administrations have been asked to submit details on isolation beds, ICUs, oxygen supply, testing kits, medicines & ventilators at govt medical colleges and hospitals.

(Reported by Harihar Chand, Kapilendra Pradhan)