PANAJI: The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Examination commenced in the State from Thursday onwards with 364 students answering the pre-vocational subject as their first paper.
Of the 364 students who answered the pre-vocational subject paper on the first day, four were from Maharashtra who answered their examinations at two different centres in Maharashtra itself. In all, 47 children with special needs (CWSN) answered the paper.
Youngsters are the future of our nation. Our decision to conduct the SSC examination in Goa was in the highest interest of our students. The Govt has meticulously planned every step for safe conduct of the exams by addressing all challenges posed by COVID-19
-- Dr Pramod Sawant, Chief Minister in a social media post
At Dr K B Hedgewar High School at Cujira, which was one of the centres for SSC examination, had 16 students answering the examination.
"We have deployed volunteers throughout the conduct of the examination to ensure that social distancing norms are maintained. We made the students stand in the queue. They were provided sanitizer to sanitize their hands and their temperature was checked using thermal guns. Only after that they were allowed to enter the examination halls," said Headmaster of Dr K B Hedgewar High School Vilas Satarkar.
He said that several headmasters had also conveyed to the students to practice using masks so that they should not feel uncomfortable answering the examination using face masks.
Speaking to GT, Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Bhagirath Shetye said, "All students who answered the examination today were checked with thermal guns and social distancing norms were followed. The examination was conducted smoothly."