‘Exams will be through online/offline mode’
Dimapur, November 23: After dilly dallying for more than a month on whether to conduct final examinations for Classes I to IX this year or the postpone the current academic session till February next year due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Nagaland has finally made the decision to conduct the final exams this year from December 2 to 22.
The decision, albeit delayed, comes as a huge relief to the students’ community who were in a quandary about their future, thereby affecting their mental and physical well being.
In a notification issued today, the State Department of School Education, however, made it clear that schools shall not resume conduct of regular classes till the State Government notifies it.
The notification issued by Principal Secretary Menukhol John directed that the end term assessment for Classes I to VII shall be conducted by the respective schools during the period December 2 to 22 as per the scheme of examination notified by the competent authority.
The final exams shall be conducted through online/offline mode (distribution of question papers/collection of answer scripts) in batches strictly observing the SOPs (wearing face masks, hand wash, maintaining social distancing, etc) being notified by the competent authority from time to time.
It said students should come to the school for collection of question papers/submission of answer scripts only with written parental consent.
For students who do not have access to smart phones/ digital devices to appear the examination online, schools shall make necessary arrangements to assess the students either by sending photocopy of the question papers/assignments to them and then collecting back the answer scripts or any other option which the school considers appropriate strictly observing SOPs.
“No students from classes I to VII shall be compelled to come to the school for appearing the end term assessment,” it notified, adding the schools should make all possible efforts to reach out to their students and assess them in the best possible fair manner.
Notifying that the marks of the assessment shall be recorded in the PCR Book of the students of all the classes, the Department informed that Government schools will have to submit results of classes I to VII to respective DEOs/SDEOs & DoSE on or before 22nd January 2021 in the format that will be issued by the Department.
The Class VIII Board Examination for Government schools shall be conducted by the Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE) during the period December 2 to 22. Private schools shall follow the guidelines issued by NBSE for Class VIII examination.
The Class IX Board Examination shall be conducted by the NBSE from December 2 to 22. Details for the conduct of the examination shall be notified by the NBSE.
The notification also informed that admissions for the academic session 2021 shall commence in January 2021 after the submission of results. It notified that provision for retest and remedial measures for Class V as per the RTE Act should be followed by all the schools.
(Page News Service)