Class X, Xii Students, Parents In Dark About Board Exams |

CHENNAI: With the threat from fast-spreading Omicron variant looming and no common assessment test till now, the state board may be caught unprepared if another Covid wave hits Tamil Nadu. Students, teachers, parents are still in the dark about the upcoming board exams or revision tests as the school education department is yet to release the schedule.
CBSE, meanwhile, has split the board exams in two, and have conducted the term 1 exams during November and December.
With the government doctors’ association seeking closure of schools and colleges, teachers say that this uncertainty has sparked anxiety among parents and students. There are no reference marks for this year’s batches of Class X and XII in case the board exams were to get cancelled due to the pandemic, they further added.
The school education department had planned to conduct two revision tests in January and March to prepare the students for the board exams, but the schedulaes are not yet released.
“School education department does not have an alternate plan in case the schools are closed in January next year. The Class X students did not write Class IX, VIII exams, and Class XII students did not write their previous two exams due to the pandemic,” said P Patric Raymond, general secretary of the TN Graduate Teachers Federation. The academic year started on September 1. “This year, the school education department announced that up to 40% of the syllabus was made optional for board exam students, but it has not released any details about the prioritised syllabus which the schools were told to follow,” he added. Teachers say that if the department had conducted a monthly common test, they could have used the average of these to calculate the marks for board exams in case of a cancellation, they say.
Meanwhile, private schools are contemplating conducting two revision tests and a pre-board exam to prepare the students. “Students will start preparing for board exams only if the schedule is released. Private schools are planning to conduct a pre-board exam in April,” said N Vijayan, senior principal of Zion Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Tambaram.