STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Half-yearly Exams on at Tamil Nadu Schools Despite Protests

Despite demands for cancellation of half-yearly school exams, the school education department announced the exams would be held from January 11 for all classes.

Published: 19th December 2015 04:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th December 2015 04:40 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: Despite demands for cancellation of half-yearly school exams, the school education department on Friday announced the exams would be held from January 11 for all classes.

Schools, mainly in Chennai and nearby districts, were closed for nearly 30 days since Deepavali because of torrential rains. In a few southern districts schools were closed for many days this month because of rains. While it was anticipated that the half-yearly exams usually in December would be cancelled, the school education department’s circular laid to rest such hopes.

“Most of the syllabus for Class X and XII have already been covered by the schools. So these exams will help them prepare for the public exams,” said S Kannappan, director, School Education, while speaking to Express. Practicals will be before the theory papers.

However, the Tamil Nadu Students Parents Welfare Association objected to the decision saying the students and the parents were mentally not prepared for exams yet. “The school education department should re-consider the decision. After the historic rains, students, parents and even teachers are mentally disturbed. They need time to overcome this. Further burdening them with exams is not wise,” said S Arumainathan, the association’s president.

He said that the association had already wanted a committee of parents, teachers and educationists for talks before taking a decision. When queried about the demand, the school education department officials said there was still enough time for students to prepare.

“Students and teachers have been counselled since the schools were reopened in all flood-hit districts. So far, in Chennai and Cuddalore districts alone the mobile teams covered 150 schools and counselled more than 50,000 students,” said Kannappan.

On Friday, the department released the complete schedule of exams that end on January 27. However, officials said there would be no changes to the Christmas holidays for schools.

Stay up to date on all the latest Chennai news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp