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Revoke Public exams for 11th students -Tamil Nadu

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Government of Tamil Nadu has introduced board exams for 11th students.

Reason for the introduction of board exam: Many schools were teaching Class 12 syllabus for students when they were still in Class 11

"For the past 12 years, Tamil Nadu has been following the same syllabus. We have formed a high-level committee to discuss the matter. The committee comprises former vice-chancellors like E Balaguruswamy of Anna University and three others." -Sengottaiyan, Minister for School Education.

It is indeed true that the syllabus has not been kept up to date (not significantly revised since 2005). This syllabus is totally information oriented, much knowledge can not be acquired from this.

 'We are still made to learn this age old syllabus inspite of knowing the fact that it would not help us in anyway in our future. Even the teachers agree with this, yet they also have no choice.'

"Keeping in mind the importance of class 11 syllabus for the preparation of competitive exams, we have decided to introduce board exams for class 11. On Friday, we will issue a government order on the same, in which we will explain everything in detail." -Sengoattaiyan, Minister for School Education.

We students agree that it would help us to face competitive exams efficiently, But how is this be possible with a 12 year old syllabus !

  • Conducting board exams would surely help the students if it was based on Knowledge.
  • Rote learning must stop
  • Public exams must not merely judge a student merely with his/her ability to memorize stuff
  • Just conducting board exams is not sufficient unless the Question paper pattern promotes students towards thinking, applying and problem solving.

This is not only about the syllabus, Public exams will also cause stress and mental agony to students and parents.

Students are forced to go to tuition centres in the mornings and evenings which significantly deteriorates their health; also causes depression. Many of them have sacrificed Physical activities for studies.

We kindly request the concerned officials to revoke 11th board exams and reintroduce them after revising the syllabus.


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