Schools affiliated to Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) are hiring agencies to sanitize the premises and classrooms before board examinations resume from July 1. Some schools have also sought a larger number of invigilators to monitor students who will be seated in multiple examination halls to maintain social-distancing norms.
“We have been sanitizing the premises every fortnight. Five days before the exams start, we will conduct another round of sanitization,” said Rammohan Mission School principal Sujoy Biswas.
Several other schools are procuring infrared thermometers, masks and face covers. Central Modern School in Baranagar wants more invigilators for the 136 candidates who will appear in ICSE and ISC exams from the school.
“Earlier, we had to maintain a 30:1 examinee-invigilator ratio. But now, each hall will seat only 40 students. So we need more staffers,” said principal Nabarun De, who is also joint secretary of the Association of Heads of the ICSE Schools in Bengal.
St James School principal T H Ireland is requesting additional invigilators. “To maintain social distancing, we will have to spread students out,” he explained. There are 135 ICSE and 70 ISC examinees from the school.
Several other schools, however, have been unable to plan with many parents deciding to wait till June 24, the last date to submit the choice of appearing in examinations, before they convey their decisions to the school. CISCE had decided that ICSE and ISC candidates can either sit for the remaining tests in July or can request the council to evaluate them on internal assessment or pre-board exam scores, or on the results of the exams that have already been held.
Sasha Agarwal, who has gotten into Harvard, Stanford, Johns Hopkins and several other institutions after securing 1,600 in SAT last year, will nevertheless sit for the ISC exam. “I want my scores to reflect the best of my abilities. Even though I have gotten into the colleges of my choice, my academic scores are important to me,” she said.
Aayan Ahmed, an ISC student from Garia, said he has only the biology exam left. “I am interested in taking the exam. I have time to revise, which will improve my score,” he said.
Another student, Subhayan Ghosh, an ISC candidate from St Joseph and Mary’s School in New Alipore, said he will take the geography exam. “My pre-board marks are not up to my expectations. Hence, I am keen to take the exam. Also, I plan to study honours in geography. I might lose confidence if I do not take the test.”
Source:Times of India