The Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary education stated that the SSC examination, which commenced on Thursday, went smoothly with 365 of the 19,680 students registered for the exam appearing for pre-vocational subject papers on the first day, at 17 exam centres.
“The SSC exam for the main papers will start from May 23, with first language paper,” it added.
The Goa Board also maintained that all students, who appeared at the SSC exam, were tested with thermal gun before entering the examination hall.
It was further stated that the students maintained social distance while answering the exam and wore masks.
Speaking to ‘The Navhind Times’, a Goa Board official informed that the serving headmasters and principals, who are just below 60 years of age have been given option as regards attending the exam duty, due to the ongoing corona pandemic.
“Furthermore, the above 60-year retired headmasters as well as principals and senior educationists, who are normally placed as vigilance officers on the vigilance teams dealing with the cases of malpractices at the exam, have also been given such an option,” the Goa Board official maintained, pointing out that at least 50 per cent of them have opted out of these teams.
“However, alternate vigilance teams with younger teachers have been already put in place,” he added.
Meanwhile, the HSSC students appeared for the political science paper today. The HSSC exam will end on May 22, with the students answering the remaining geography paper.
The Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant informed that the government has meticulously planned every step for safe conduct of the exams by addressing all challenges posed by COVID-19.
Meanwhile, the observers from the board, who visited the examination centres in South Goa, said that they were happy with the arrangements.
The examinations centres across the South Goa saw seating arrangement done in adherence to social distancing norm at the exam halls allowing only 12 to 14 students; thermal guns were being used to check temperature of the students.
Sanitizer was also provided to the students before entering the examination.
An observer visiting the centre to check the arrangement said that he was happy with the arrangement.
“I have been told to monitor arrangements at 13 centres located between Chandor and Margao including those at Benaulim, Orlim, Chinchinim and Navelim. The arrangements are very well done. Hand sanitiser is provided, social distancing norm is being maintained and the ventilation at the classrooms is also good. One of the benefits that I have noticed is that since these centres are all localised there is no problem of transport,” said board’s observer Vishwas Kureda.
In some areas, the local panchayats also provided their assistance at the examination centres.
Chinchinim deputy sarpanch Valentino Baretto said the aim was to ensure students were safe.
“We had several days back approached the headmistress of the school, which is an exam centre, to ask if they needed any assistance. Our intention as a panchayat is to ensure that our children are safe, and we asked the Cuncolim police to provide assistance for traffic management,” he said.