Stage set for public exams in Tamilnadu

Chennai: After a gap of two years, more than 26 lakh students in the State in Classes 10 to 12 will appear for State board exams from 5 May.

As per the schedule, Class 12 exams will be conducted from 5 to 28 May, Class 10 exams from 6 to 30 May and Class 11 exams from 9 to 31 May. The Class 10 exam results will be declared on 17 June, Class 12 results on 23 June and Class 11 results on 7 July, officials said.

The next academic year (2022-23) for schools (except for Classes 11) will begin on 13 June. For Class 11 students, it will begin on 24 June.

It may be noted that public exams were not held for the past two years due to the pandemic.

Meanwhile, final exams for Classes 6 to 9 in government-aided and matriculation schools following the State common board syllabus will be held from 5 to 13 May.

Nearly 9 lakh students will take up the Class 10 exams, 8.49 lakh students will take up the Class 11 exams and 8.36 lakh students will take up the Class 12 exams.

In the revision exams held in February, a set of question papers had leaked in certain schools in Tiruvannamalai district, it may be recalled. Hence, strict measures have been taken to prevent any such incident during the public exams. Also, Covid-19 protocols are in place in all exam centres.

‘We are going to issue two sets of question papers before the exams. On the day of the exams, we will decide on which set of question papers would be issued to the students. We will take steps to ensure that no such (leakage of question papers) incidents take place in the future,’ School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi said.

Meanwhile, some schools have expressed concern about students writing board exams during peak summer. ‘The exam schedule gives more time for schools and teachers to prepare. However, our only concern is the heat,’ said a principal.