14 Day monitoring of students before Entrance Exams!


JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020 have been postponed till September due to rising cases of Coronavirus in the country. China, on the other hand successfully conducted its national entrance exam. Here’s what they did
China has successfully conducted a national level entrance examinations which was attempted by 11 million students.
Apart from general precautions, China also employed a 14 day monitoring system for students and invigilators to contain the risk factors.
Measures adapted by China may be considered for Indian students, but the success would depend on multiple factors.
NEET and JEE Main 2020 as well as JEE Advanced 2020 have been postponed again. While many are happy with the delay, the continuous postponing of the examinations has left many students stressed and confused. No one would deny the cause of concern for safety and neither would they refute the importance of giving a date of the exam and conducting it on it. As concerns rise and NTA sets out guidelines for conducting JEE and NEET in September, perhaps a look at China’s ‘Gaokao’ – the national level college entrance exams could indicate a way.
Chinese ‘Gaokao’ is perhaps one of the only other entrance examinations that comes close to the JEE Main or NEET in terms of magnitude. Nearly 11 million students from across the country recently appeared for the entrance examination, which is (much like JEE and NEET) a national level entrance examination for admission to various universities the country. The two day test concluded yesterday. What was so special about the exam? A mandatory 14 day ‘monitoring’ of students who were to appear for the examination.
The usual guidelines were still in place. A million invigilators and workers were supervising the examination and the students’ temperature. Masks were mandatory and distancing between two students was carefully synchronized to maintain the requisite ‘safe distance’. Hand sanitizers, temperature checks at the entry were all mandatory – much like the guidelines set out by examining authority in India.
What was different was the monitoring of health for 14 days – by both the students as well as the invigilators that would be facilitating the examination. Students from ‘high risk areas’ were asked to mandatorily wear the masks during the examination. Also, the students who showed symptoms were allowed to appear for the examination from an isolation room. Chinese students take virus-delayed college entrance exam Related | NTA plans to review the January cycle of JEE Main and NEET 2021 as reopening of schools, colleges postponed.

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