This is the first major set of exams that many students will take this academic year; will help them prepare for board exams, teachers say
Tamil Nadu Grade 10 and 12 students will take the first round of review exams from Wednesday starting with the language test. This is the first major set of exams many students, especially those in public and grant-aided schools, will take for the school year since the School Education Department previously canceled term and semester exams.
Class 10 students will take exams from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and class 12 students will take exams from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
In-person classes for the 2021-2022 school year did not begin until September 1 for upper grades and the Department of School Education had announced a reduced schedule for them. “The first set of reviews will be based on approximately three to four units in each subject. The second set of exams will be based on the rest of the curriculum,” said a teacher. With students in grades 10 and 12 all set to take public exams in a few months, review exams will be important and will help them better prepare for them.
Department of Education officials prepared for the smooth running of the exams with SoPs in place. S. Mars, Education Director of Chennai District, said designated paper keepers in each school have been tasked with collecting the exam papers for class 10 and 12 in the morning from designated centres. “As is the case with the public exam, no more than 20 students will be seated in each class. Teachers have been briefed to ensure all safety protocols are followed,” he said.
Schools resumed in-person classes from February 1 and in some schools a small percentage of senior students have yet to return or have been absent from class. Department officials have asked schools to encourage them to attend exams and reach out to students and their parents in much the same way.