Thiruvananthapuram: The postponed SSLC and Higher Secondary exams started on Tuesday, after two months of confusion. VHSE students have exams in the morning while SSLC exams are scheduled in the afternoon.
The students arrived at schools by 9 am itself for the VHSE exam scheduled at 9.45 am. Exams are conducted with high level safety measures. Students, parents and teachers have worn masks. Hand washing facilities and sanitizers are available on school compounds.
The students were allowed to enter the exam hall after thermal scanning, washing hands and applying sanitizer. Many organisations are distributing masks, gloves and sanitizers for the students. As public transport is limited, school buses and KSRTC buses are arranged as requested by the school authorities. Private vehicles also will be allowed.
State Police Chief Loknath Behera has issued safety guidelines in connection with the exams. If parents gathered in front of the schools where exams are conducted, illegal action will be taken against them. Students should not be allowed to go out at a time in order to avoid crowd. They should be asked to go out in lines maintaining social distance, the police informed.
The answer sheets should be put in a plastic cover brought by the teachers. The health department has instructed to keep the sheets at schools for 7 days before sending them for evaluation. However, the education department has instructed to send the sheets to evaluation centres as the exams are finished.