Tamil Nadu to introduce board exams for Class XI students

Tamil Nadu School Education Minister KA Sengottaiyan has announced that board exams will be conducted for Class XI students from the forthcoming academic year.

Published: 18th May 2017 04:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th May 2017 04:21 AM   |  A+A-

Screen grab of the Class XI board examination story from the May 4 edition of Express

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu School Education Minister KA Sengottaiyan has announced that board exams will be conducted for Class XI students from the forthcoming academic year.

On May 4, Express had reported that the decision, which had supposedly been on the anvil since the introduction of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), was taken during a marathon meeting on the previous day.

“Board exams for Class XI will help students perform better in their higher education courses,” Sengottaiyan said, after attending a meeting here on Wednesday.

Rejecting claims that this will increase the burden on students, he said that neighbouring States already have this system in place. He also said that this move doesn’t indicate that the State government has diluted its stance in opposing NEET.

The minister also said that the decision regarding syllabus revision over the next three years will be taken in two days and a formal announcement will be made soon.

He also reiterated that there was no change in reopening date for schools and continuous efforts were taken to increase enrollment in government schools, particularly in Tamil medium sections.

The Department of School Education in its official release on Wednesday said that a special committee was constituted to facilitate alumni, NGOs, etc, willing to fund schools and improve the infrastructure.

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