Schools have received these instructions from the Council in a circular late on Wednesday, which said changes have been brought about keeping Covid-related distancing norms in mind. External examiners appointed by the Council will visit schools before the practicals and inspect the labs along with the school heads and subject teachers to fix the number of students who can be allowed in a given slot. Not more than 12 students are expected to be present in a lab for one slot and the examiner has to ensure that a distance of at least six feet is maintained between candidates. The practicals for one subject can be spread over several days because of the sanitization that will be required after each slot.
“There will be guidelines sent to us by the Council for the question papers that will have to be set for each subject and the external examiner will set the paper. This is a big change from previous years,” said Seema Sapru, principal of Heritage School. The school has 60 science students who will be divided into three batches for each subject because there are multiple labs.
At St Paul’s Mission School, 36 science students will be divided into three batches, said principal Sanchita Biswas. All other CISCE-affiliated schools are in the process of dividing their Class XII science students into similar small batches for the exams.
Similar guidelines have come in for other lab-based subjects, like home science, too. In Loreto Convent Entally, which has 35 students in home science, three batches will be made for the practicals, said principal Jessica Gomes Surana. “We will divide the students into three batches because each student needs an elaborate setup in this subject. The examiner will inspect the setup and then set the question paper as per guidelines. This is a new and welcome move by the Council,” she said.