Covid zones agreed for exam takers

Covid zones agreed for exam takers

'All students equal', say ministries

The Srinakharinwirot University Prasarnmit Demonstration School in Bangkok is one of the venues for the General Aptitude Test (GAT) and the Professional and Academic Aptitude Test (PAT), the tests for university enrolment, in 2020. (Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)
The Srinakharinwirot University Prasarnmit Demonstration School in Bangkok is one of the venues for the General Aptitude Test (GAT) and the Professional and Academic Aptitude Test (PAT), the tests for university enrolment, in 2020. (Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)

The ministries of public health and education have assured that Mathayom 6 students with Covid-19 who are either asymptomatic or have mild symptoms will get the same opportunities to sit university entrance examinations as their peers.

"Any student who is infected with Covid-19 [with mild symptoms] will not be denied the opportunity to take an entrance examination. Each university must arrange a special area for them," Dr Sarawut Boonsuk, deputy chief of the Department of Health, said on Wednesday.

Dr Sarawut said the ministries held a virtual meeting on Wednesday to discuss accommodating Covid-infected students.

He said it was agreed that each university should provide three exam zones for Mathayom 6 students.

"The first zone should be reserved for confirmed Covid-negative students, while the second zone should be for students considered a possible health risk.

"The third will be for confirmed Covid-1 infected students who have shown mild or no symptoms. This is part of the understanding that all students will be treated equally," he said.

Apart from exam-related measures for Mathayom 6 students, Dr Sarawut said the meeting also covered ways to deal with Covid-19 infections among students other than shutting down an entire school when no more than one or two students have tested positive.

He added that it was agreed that both boarding and non-boarding schools should carry on with onsite classes despite the detected presence of Covid-19 cases in schools.

He added the present isolation system will continue at boarding schools where infected students can learn onsite in isolated buildings until they recover from the disease.

They will all the while be under close medical supervision by public health teams.

The meeting also threw its full support behind the vaccination of children five to 11. Also agreed was that the 800,000 children already living with a chronic disease should get first priority.

All measures will be submitted today to Gen Supoj Malaniyom, head of operations at the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), for consideration at next Wednesday's CCSA meeting to be chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

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