Board exam 2021: 50% more classrooms needed

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat education department will have to make arrangements for 50% more classrooms than last year, for the Class XII board exams which are to be held from July 1, due to the need for social distancing and other measures to guard against Covid-19.

“Last year, 16,000 classrooms were used for the Class XII board exams. This year, by our estimates, about 8,000 more classrooms or 24,000 in total will be required for both science and general stream exams,” said an official in the state education department.

The number also keeps in mind the Class X board exams for ‘repeaters’ which will be held in July. “As many as 3.5 lakh students are expected to take the Class X exams for ‘repeaters’, he said.


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The number of exam centres will also go up from 500 last year to about 800, the official added. While announcing that the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) exams for Class XII will be held from July, the chief minister instructed the education department to ensure that the centres are close to students’ homes. The government said the decision to conduct the exams amid the prevailing Covid-19 situation was in the larger interest of the 6.83 lakh students of Class XII.

For the exams of both streams – a maximum of 20 students will be allowed in each classroom. Every examination centre will have CCTV cameras, the state government announced earlier this week.

While for science stream students, the limit of 20 students per classroom has been the norm for quite some time, for the general stream the limit of 30 will be revised to 20 this year, said a source.

Of the 6,83,000 students, 140,000 students are to take the Class XII science stream exams and 543,000 the general stream.

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