Tamil Nadu state government on Saturday cancelled the Class 12 state board examinations due to the ongoing global pandemic. The decision was taken after a discussion with teachers, education experts and stakeholders, said the chief minister MK Stalin.
Stalin has also written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to cancel all national level entrance examinations, like NEET staing the same reasons. “Since no announcement on NEET has been made so far, I have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to cancel all entrance examinations for admission in higher education,” he said.
A high-level committee has been formed which will formulate a way on how to award marks to the students. The committee will be headed by the Education department, school education department secretary and Higher Education secretary, Madras University VC and school headmasters will decide the fate of the students. They have been asked to submit a report regarding the same very soon.
Based on these marks or scores, college admissions to professional, arts and science courses will happen, stated Stalin.
Other state governments too have decided to cancel their state board examinations after the Central government decided to cancel the CBSE Board Exam last week. The CBSE will announce the results “as per well-defined objective criteria in a time-bound manner”.
The second wave has affected scores of people and the government is making all efforts to curb the spread. Against this backdrop, students safety is the primary concern of the government, the CM said.
According to sources, Tamil Nadu School education minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi on Saturday held a high-level meeting with 13 legislature party representatives and consulted doctors, parents, students, mental health experts and teachers to discuss the class 12 Board examinations.