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Monday, 11 January 2021

Uncertainty over Covid SOP in govt schools of Rohtak

QUOTE: Principals warned

“Following Covid SOP is mandatory. If any school head allows students not having the requisite documents to attend classes or take exams, it will be at their own risk and responsibility.”

- Vijay Laxmi Nandal, district education officer, rohtak

Sunit Dhawan

Tribune News Service

Rohtak, January 10

Uncertainty prevails over the observance of Covid standard operating procedure (SOP) in government schools in the district, especially during the conduct of the pre-final tests for Classes IX to XII.

As per the SOP, only those students who bring medical fitness certificate and permission letter from their parents can attend school. However, a majority of students fail to furnish the said certificate and permission letter due to which they are not allowed to take their pre-final tests.

On the other hand, headmasters/principals of some schools have allowed the students to appear for tests even if they do not have the said documents.

“The attendance in our school was thin as most of the students could not bring the required certificate and permission letter. However, our headmaster has decided to allow the students to take the tests after their thermal scanning. A student is sent back only if he/she has fever,” said a teacher at a government school in the district.

On the other hand, Rohtak District Education Officer (DEO) Vijay Laxmi Nandal said observing SOP was mandatory and if any school head allows the students not having the requisite documents to attend classes or take exams, it would be at their own risk and responsibility. “The students can take the exams online as well. The question papers can be collected by their parents from the school or sent on their smartphones through WhatsApp,” she added.

On being pointed out that the students can copy from their books/notebooks if they are allowed to take the tests from their home, the DEO said the purpose of these tests was to get them acquainted with the pattern of the final exams. “The students will learn something by taking the pre-final tests, which will be made a regular feature,” she added.

from The Tribune

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