Uttarakhand High Court gave nod in favour of sanitisation of all the schools prior to commencement of board examination in the state from June 22. HC has further emphasised on sanitising chairs, desks, toilets and the nooks and corners of the school premised ahead of the examinations.
The government has released mandates to hold the pending exams in the schools in Uttarakhand from June 22 to 25, 2020. Earlier, the remaining papers were scheduled on June 20 to 23 as the government has directed Dehradun to halt businesses and other activities on the weekends.
“The concern raised here is that the Board examination of Class 10 and Class 12 which were being conducted by the Uttarakhand School Education Board had to be abruptly stopped due to the Covid-19 pandemic. These exams have been rescheduled and are to commence very soon (from June 22). The concern raised is that many of these examination centres, particularly in village and tehsil level, are in such school premises which are either running as quarantine centres or were running as quarantine centres, and therefore, the students at these centres are at great risk of being infected from the coronavirus,” read the court order.
However, the HC has informed that no examination will take place on the premises of educational institutes turned quarantine centres. The campuses that were previously being used as quarantine facilities are now completely sanitised in the state.
HC in its order mentioned, “For further precautionary measures, however, we direct the authority concerned to sanitise these centres today as well a day prior to the examination. The sanitisation would not mean mere sanitisation of the room but the sanitisation of desks, chairs, toilets and the entire premises. This shall apply to all the examination centres”.