Thiruvananthapuram,(kerala): Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced that all arrangements are in place for conducting the remaining SSLC, Higher Secondary and Vocational Higher Secondary examinations in Kerala from May 26-30. The Department of General Education has completed all preparations for the smooth conduct of examinations.
The Education Officers and School Principals have been given instructions for conducting the examination by strictly complying with health and safety standards. Suggestions have been given for setting up examination centres meeting health and safety standards, facilitating students who need exam centre change, the security of question papers and students. Instructions have been given to the education officers assigned for examination duty and to those doing invigilation work. There will be no examination centres in the Containment Zone and these students will be allotted other centres.
The Chief Minister informed that students coming from other states will have to undergo 14-day quarantine but they will be given facility for writing the exams. Similarly, students coming from homes where other family members are quarantined will also get a special facility. All students will be subjected to thermal screening and if required, there will be arrangements for medical care in schools. “Gloves are a must for teachers. The answer sheet will be kept in the examination centre for seven days. All the schools with examination centres will be disinfected with the help of the fire force. Orders have been placed for the purchase of 5,000 IR thermometers to be used at examination centres for thermal screening. The Headmasters and the concerned Education Officers are instructed to make necessary sanitizer and soap available in all schools.”
An instruction notice regarding safe and healthy practices and a mask will be home delivered to all SSLC students before the examination date. Masks will be distributed to studen in Higher Secondary and Vocational Higher Secondary Schools through NSS.
So far 10,920 students have applied for change in exam centres – SSLC (1,866), HSE (8,835) and VHSE (219). The concerned Education Officers will send the question papers accordingly.
“Arrangements have also been made for conducting examinations in the Gulf and Lakshadweep regions for exams. Permission has been recevied to conduct exams in schools in the Gulf. All students will have the opportunity to write exams and facilitate higher studies. If any student is unable to write the exam on these dates, they need not worry. They can appear for the regular exam which will be conducted along with the SAY exam so that they do not miss out on the opportunities for higher studies”, he added.
War rooms will function at the Directorate of General Education and in each district from May 23 to coordinate examination activities and dispel the doubts of students, teachers and parents.
The CM also informed that guidelines have been prepared for the opening of Colleges in the State from June 01. They will conduct online classes till regular classes can be started.
Minister of Health & Social Justice, Smt K K Shailaja Teacher; Revenue Minister, Shri E Chandrasekharan, and Chief Secretary, Shri Tom Jose IAS were also present during the media briefing
Kerala Covid-19 Tracker
42 new cases & two recoveries today, total 216 patients under treatment
Thiruvananthapuram, May 22: 42 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today. 12 persons from Kannur district, seven in Kasargod district, five each from Kozhikode and Palakkad districts, four each in Thrissur and Malappuram districts, two from Kottayam district, and one each in Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Wayanad districts are those who have tested positive. Of the infected people, 23 have come back from other States (Maharashtra-21, Tamil Nadu-1 & Andhra Pradesh-1) and 17 have returned from abroad (Kuwait-7, UAE-5, Saudi Arabia-2 & Qatar-2). Two are cases of local transmission including one health worker in Kasargod.
Meanwhile, two patients under treatment for Coronavirus in Malappuram district have tested negative today. The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Kerala is 732 and 216 patients are now under treatment in different hospitals. Kannur and Malappuram districts have 36 patients each, followed by 26 in Palakkad district, 21 in Kasargod district, 19 in Kozhikode district and 16 in Thrissur district.
Giving these details, the Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan also announced the death of a 73-year-old lady in Thrissur district who had recently returned from Mumbai.
There are 84,258 persons under observation across the State. 83,649 are quarantined at their homes or institutional quarantine centres and 609 are isolated in hospitals. 162 persons were admitted to hospitals today.
Till now, 51,310 samples have been sent for testing and 49,535 samples have been confirmed without any infection. Apart from this, as part of sentinel surveillance of high-risk group, 7,072 samples were tested separately and out of these, 6,630 samples have been confirmed with no infection.
No new place was declared as hotspots today and presently, there are 28 hotspots in the State.
So far, 91,344 people have arrived in the State from foreign countries and other States by road, sea and air. Of them, 2,961 are pregnant, 1,618 are elderly, and 805 are children. 82,299 persons are other states. There were 9,367 passengers on 43 flights. Out of them, 157 are in hospital quarantine.
Expressing concern over the rising numbers, the Chief Minister said, “The increase in numbers is a serious warning. Our Covid preventive measures need to be enhanced. More people are expected to come back and we will ensure proper testing, treatment and care to all. Serious patients are among those who are coming back. We will ensure additional facilities including ventilators in hospitals to accommodate more in-patients. Huge rush is being seen in some places. Reverse quarantine is to avoid elders and children from going out. People should observe more self-restraint or else all efforts will become ineffective.”