School, Punjab board exams postponed, staff relieved till March 31
School education minister Vijay Inder Singla says activities of govt, private schools restricted to avert spread of coronavirusUpdated: Mar 19, 2020, 23:46 IST
The Punjab government on Thursday postponed school examinations, including board exams of Classes 10 and 12 conducted by the Punjab School Education Board, and announced to relieve all school staff till March 31.
In a statement, school education minister Vijay Inder Singla said that to avert the threat of virus contamination, the state government has decided to restrict activities of all government, semi-government and private schools in the state.
“Apart from postponing the examinations, the school staff has also been relieved with immediate effect,” he said.
Singla added that the education department would voluntarily offer school buildings for isolation wards in case of any critical situation. “Once the health department requisites the building, it will be immediately evacuated,” he said.
Besides restricting movement in schools, an intensive awareness drive has also been launched in the state from Thursday and teams led by health department staff and other officials have started visiting each and every household in villages and cities to inform residents about coronavirus, Singla said.
To check the possibility of spread of Covid-19, Punjab school education board had allowed the evaluators to evaluate answer-sheets at home. Doing away with the practice of making all the evaluators to sit in one place for evaluation, The education board had allowed the evaluators to take the answer sheets home. The evaluators have been asked to submit the marks online to the board.
Use social media to spread awareness
The education secretary Punjab, Krishan Kumar on Thursday issued directions that all schools asking them to spread awareness about way to check spread of Covid-19. The education secretaries has asked the principals, teachers to share messages regating precautions taken in the whatsapp groups of with parents.