CBSE allows face masks, sanitisers during Board exams – Times of India

NEW DELHI: CBSE has decided to allow students, and other staff to use masks and sanitisers during the ongoing Classes X and XII Board exams on Wednesday. Meanwhile, secretary, ministry of human resource development has written to the states and CBSE on Wednesday asking them to spread awareness among school students on basic preventive measures against COVID-19.

CBSE has already asked the exam centres to keep sanitisers and with more cases Corona virus positive emerging it has decided to allow use of masks as well as a preventive measure.

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In his letter to the chief secretaries of all states and UTs, CBSE and copies to secretary of department of school education of all states and UTs, Amit Khare, secretary, MHRD requested the states to create awareness among student and stated that “In order to create awareness among students, preventive interventions such as frequent hand wash, respiratory etiquettes (using handkerchief over mouth while coughing/ sneezing, use of tissue paper or using the sleeve of shirt covering upper arm, staying away from school when sick, avoiding public gatherings etc.) would help in preventing/ reducing transmission of not only this disease, but also large number of other communicable disease, notably flu-like illnesses. Further, such informed youth can be agents of change for their family, community and beyond.”

In a statement issued by Anurag Tripathi, secretary, CBSE, it stated that CBSE has been receiving several inquiries from students and parents with regards to permitting face masks and sanitisers due to Corona virus outbreak. “In view of the inquiries received it is clarified that face masks and sanitisers may be carried by students, if they so desire, the examination centres.”

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