Uttarakhand High Court asks State Government to Sanitize Schools before Board Exams Commence
The Uttarakhand High Court directed the state government to sanitize schools across the state before the board examinations started in Uttarakhand on 22 June. The High Court elucidated that the sanitization should include a thorough cleaning of rooms, desks, chairs, toilets and the entire premises of the schools and examination centres.
This directive came in response to an urgency application filed by advocate Shiv Bhatt in an ongoing Public Interest Litigation that is concerned with the condition of the quarantine centres in Uttarakhand.
Last week, the government of Uttarakhand released the dates for the remaining board examinations. The dates were changed from 20-23 June to 22-25 June, since the state government has decided to keep everything closed on weekends in Dehradun.
“The concern raised here is that the Board examination of Class 10 and Class 12 which were being conducted by the Uttarakhand School Education Board had to be abruptly stopped due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” the court order said.
“These exams have been rescheduled and are to commence very soon. The concern raised is that many of these examination centres, particularly in village and tehsil level, are in such school premises which are either running as quarantine centres or were running as quarantine centres,” the order said.
“Therefore, the students at these centres are at great risk of being infected from the coronavirus.”
The advocate general said that “no examination is being held in any educational institutions which are presently being run as an Institutional quarantine centre. Some of the education institutions were indeed running as quarantine centres earlier but all of these were vacated and cleared by June 15, and they have been sanitised.”
In its order, the High Court said, “For precautionary measures, however, we direct the authority concerned to sanitise these centres today as well as a day prior to the examination.”
Students will be thermally scanned before they enter the examination centres. If any student has a high temperature, they will take the examination in a separate room on the same day.
Examination centres will not be established in any of the containment zones in the state. Students who live in containment zones will be able to take the examination on another day.