New Delhi: In the wake of the rising coronavirus cases in the country, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Wednesday allowed students to carry masks, hand sanitiser during the ongoing Class 10 and 12 board exams. Also Read - ‘Take Action Against People For Circulating Fake News About Exam Paper Leaks,’ CBSE to Delhi Police

Issuing a statement, the CBSE said that face masks and sanitisers may be carried by students, if they so desire, in the examination centres. Also Read - Centres in Northeast Delhi Record 98.33% Attendance For Class XII Board Exam: CBSE

The development comes as the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) earlier in the day asked Chief Secretaries of all states and the CBSE to spread awareness among students on basic protective measures against the deadly coronavirus. Also Read - CBSE Releases Rap Song 'Exam Anthem' to Help Students Overcome Stress | Here's Direct Link

Issuing a letter to all heads of schools, HRD Secretary Amit Khare said that informed students can be agents of change for their family, community and beyond.

“The Central government has taken many steps to contain the spread of this virus but creating awareness among the general public is extremely important to prevent and reduce transmission of the novel coronavirus,” HRD Secretary Amit Khare said.

Khare further added that to create awareness among students, preventive interventions such as frequent hand wash, respiratory etiquettes (using handkerchief over mouth while coughing or sneezing, use of tissue paper or using sleeve of shirt covering upper arm, staying away from school when sick, avoiding public gatherings) would help in preventing or reducing transformation of not only this disease but also a large number of other communicable diseases.