Bhubaneswar: The School and Mass Education department has directed all the concerned officials to take measures to prevent spread of coronavirus during evaluation of HSC exam answer sheets in the State.
The School & Mass Education Department held a meeting with all District Education Officers (DEO) Block Education Officer (BEO) and Chief Examiners via video-conferencing on Monday and asked them to take specific measures in the wake of COVID19 while evaluating the matric exam papers.
The concerned officials have been directed to follow the subject-wise paper evaluation method to avoid crowd in the evaluation centres.
The evaluators have been directed to use sanitizers and maintain distance from one another as per the guidelines issued by the Health Department.
The teachers will reach the centres on March 18 while the evaluation will begin from March 19 and continue till April 10. The paper evaluation will be held in three phases between 8.30 AM and 4.30 PM.
As many as 16,000 teachers will check the exam sheets in 61 evaluation centres across the State.
“In view of the coronavirus outbreak, we have strictly directed teachers to follow the guidelines and urged them not to congregate. As part of measures, the evaluation will be held subject-wise in different timings to avoid gathering of the teachers at the centres,” said Board of Secondary Education chairman, Ramashish Hazra.
Apart from Hazra, other officials including School and Mass Education secretary Chithra Arumugam and Odisha Primary Education Programme Authority (OPEPA) Director Bhupinder Singh Punia took part in the meeting.
Earlier yesterday, the School and Mass Educations department issued a notification for immediate closure of all government, aided, public and private schools in the State.
This apart, the department also asked the schools to postpone examination of students of standard I to Class IX and XI till further orders. However, it said that the teachers must not attend schools but should remain available over phone for specific instructions.
The department further said that the examination for class XII shall continue as per schedule and evaluation work for class-X and XII will continue as per schedule following all do’s and dont’s prescribed by the Health and Family Welfare Department.