Chennai: Tamilnadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today announced that all students of classes 9, 10 and 11 would be declared passed without taking the annual exams in view of the Covid pandemic.
Making a Statement Under Rule 110 in the State Assembly, he said taking into account the unusual situation faced by the students and teachers and based on the requests of the patents and the views of the educational experts, students of classes 9, 10, and 11 would be declared passed without taking the annual and board exams for the academic year 2020-21.
He said the government would issue detailed guidelines for calculating the marks for the students.
Recalling the lockdown declared on 25 March last year and the subsequent relaxations announced by the government in view of the corona pandemic, Palaniswami said after the virus spread was brought under control, schools were reopened for Classes 10 and 12 from 19 January this year and the students were given immunity boosters and vitamin tablets.
He said right through the academic year 2020-21, students were attending classes through Kalvi TV and by online mode in view of the pandemic-induced lockdown.
He said taking into account the constraints being faced by the students while learning through online mode, the syllabus were reduced, he said.
According to sources, around 80 per cent of the marks will be evaluated based on the students’ performance in quarterly and half-yearly examinations and 20 per cent will be based on attendance.
It may be noted that the State government recently released the timetable for class 12 examinations.
The exams will be conducted between 3 and 21 May. The state board exams are usually held in March but are postponed to April this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.