Published: 20th February 2019
Tamil Nadu school students to face public exams in Class 5 and 8 from current academic year
The questions for Class 5 students will be taken from Class 3 and Class 2 syllabus and they will face a 60-mark examination with a two-hour time limit
Students will face their first public exam when they are barely ten-years-old with the State Government deciding to go ahead with board exams for Class 5 and 8. These exams will be introduced from this year itself and this comes as a shock to students and parents alike since they have to prepare for the exams in just a couple of months.
A senior official in the School Education Department confirmed that the decision has been taken to go ahead with the move following a high-level meeting on Saturday. "Circulars have been sent to all schools in the State to prepare for the board exams," said the official, explaining that the exams will be conducted according to Circle Resource Centre method. However, it is learnt that the State will continue with its 'No detention' policy and that students will not be held back based on their performance in these examinations. "These examinations are being introduced so that the government can analyze shortcomings in the education process so it can rethink its strategies," said the senior official.
The questions for Class 5 students will be taken from Class 3 and Class 2 syllabus and they will face a 60-mark examination with a two-hour time limit. While there will be no examination fees forgovernment school students, private school students will have to pay an examination fee of Rs 50 for class five and an examination of Rs 100 for class eight. While the School Education Department has clarified its stand on thecontinuation of the no detention policy, this move continues toattract criticism for putting 'unnecessary pressure' on students froma very tender age.
Private Schools too have expressed concerns over making such anannouncement when there is hardly a couple of months left in the academic year. "Implementing this move from next academic year wouldhave been better. Implementing immediately causes a lot of confusion," said K R Nandakumar, general secretary of the private schools' association.