Tamil Nadu cancels class 12 board exam

Tamil Nadu cancels class 12 board exam

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Saturday night announced the cancellation of Class XII state board exams in view of the second wave of Covid-19 in the state.

The state government held discussions with parents, teachers, educationists, health experts and political parties over the last three days on conducting the exam.

“Though there were mixed opinions on conducting board exams, they wanted to ensure the safety of all children. The second wave of Covid-19 is still rampant in the state and health experts have also predicted a third wave. However, the state government could not May vaccinate Class XII students as they are below 18 years of age,” Stalin said in a statement.

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He said that the State Government is still sticking to its policy of getting admission in Class XII on the basis of Class XII examination marks. He said, “However, doctors say that postponing the exam will have a psychological impact on the students. Based on the medical advice and other recommendations, the state government is canceling the class XII state board exam.”

The state government has constituted a committee under the chairmanship of School Education Secretary Kakrala Usha to decide the modalities for awarding marks for admission to higher educational institutions. Stalin said the marks would be given on the basis of the committee’s report and admission would be on the basis of these marks.

He said that the state government has canceled the board exams in view of the pandemic but it is not possible to conduct an all India level entrance exam like NEET. “I have written a letter to the PM to cancel all entrance exams. Though the exams have been canceled in view of the health of the students, we will ensure that admissions to higher educational institutions are not affected,” Stalin said.

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