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Schools in Goa permitted to conduct offline examinations classes XI & XII

The DoE Goa has decided to strictly implement SOPs for COVID prevention on school campuses

The Directorate of Education (DoE) in Goa on Wednesday permitted offline, formative and term tests for the students of classes XI and XII. Reportedly, the order has been issued on the requests of Higher Secondary schools in the state in a bid to maintain the standard of education. The Directorate has further established a set of strict COVID SOPs to prevent the spread of coronavirus due to the reopening of schools for assessments.

Revised evaluations scheme for Classes IX and XII

Several Higher Secondary schools in Goa have slated an early schedule for the class IX and XII assessments, beginning next week. As such, the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education has revised the exam evaluation scheme for the academic batch of 2021-2022.

Now, candidates will be assessed through tests, round the year. This will help schools keep track of the student's progress and evaluate it even if the council's final exams are canceled due to an unforeseen pandemic situation. In line with this, the DoE has ordained offline mode of tests for classes XI and XII, to ensure their exam credibility.

SOPs for COVID-19 safety in schools

The Directorate has drafted thorough standard operating protocols that have to be strictly implemented by all schools across Goa to ensure maximum COVD safety. The order clearly states that teachers or staff members that have not been vaccinated will be denied entry into the schools. If the individual is not eligible for the vaccine shot, due to prior infection, they have to compulsorily produce a negative COVID-19 test report, every seven days.

The DoE circular has put a 50% cap on the number of students in each classroom. This restriction has been included to support the norms of social distancing, added reports. All students and staff have to follow the mask imperative when in school.

All schools have been asked to conduct a deep sanitation drive, one day ahead of the reopening of schools. Each person attending the school, including students, teachers or other staff members, have to undergo thermal screening before entering the campus. Any individual that exhibits COVID symptoms will have to undergo a test immediately. All other safety, hygiene and sanitation measures and care have to be exercised by schools to prevent infection spread and rise.

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The restriction has been imposed to prevent malpractice in the RPSC RAS Preliminary exam, scheduled for today.

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7 new COVID-19 cases of Delta sublineage AY.4 plague Indore

COVID cases have surged by 46% in Indore

Amid the overall pandemic dip, a new subvariant of the COVID-19 Delta mutation threatens to spill new infections and troubles, especially for the people of Indore. As per a genome sequencing report of the National Centre of Disease Control (NCDC), around 7 cases of AY.4 - a sublineage of the Delta variant- have been detected in the district. Notably, the new mutation is presently a 'variant of interest' and not much is known about its transmissibility, virulence and overall severity.

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New war rooms to be set up in Lucknow, Kanpur & other major cities in UP to combat air pollution

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