ducation minister holds meet on board

Education minister holds meet on board examination

CHENNAI: School education minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi on Monday conducted a meeting with officials on conducting the Class XII board exams. The state government had postponed the Class XII exams that were scheduled to be held from May 5 in view of Covid-19 induced restrictions. Now, the government is planning to conduct Class XII board exams in June or July.

“We have discussed various aspects about conducting the board exams. It concerns the future of students. Chief Minister M K Stalin thinks that students’ health is most important. We will take a final decision after consulting with the CM,” he told reporters here after the meeting. “If the exams are conducted immediately, students might be the carriers of Covid-19 virus and infect others. The department will consult experts for the next two days before taking a final decision,” he further said. The department is planning to hold a consultation with others for the next two days. The state government also canceled the exams for Class X students and is yet to decide on modalities for awarding marks. “We have asked the officials to compare other states on evaluating Class X students. We will decide whether to award marks based on internals or previous exams for Class X,” the minister said. The bridge course for Classes I to IX on Kalvi TV was completed on May 10. The department will air the videos about doing worksheets from May 11 to June 18. “The worksheets will test the students’ knowledge on a particular topic. The teachers will monitor the students whether they are watching these programs and if possible collect the worksheets through WhatsApp,” officials said.

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