Plan to is­sue con­sol­i­dated mark sheets dropped

Move fol­lows rep­re­sen­ta­tions made to CM’s cell

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - Staff Reporter

The School Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment on Satur­day an­nounced that it has de­cided to scrap the pro­posal to is­sue a con­sol­i­dated mark sheet to stu­dents with a to­tal of both their Plus 1 and Plus 2 pub­lic ex­am­i­na­tions.

Min­is­ter for School Ed­u­ca­tion K.A. Sen­got­taiyan said the de­ci­sion was taken keep­ing in mind the men­tal stress and agony that stu­dents were be­ing put through by hav­ing to write board ex­ams thrice.

“Fur­ther­more, hav­ing a con­sol­i­dated mark sheet with the Plus 1 pub­lic exam marks might bring down their over­all score and af­fect the col­lege ad­mis­sion process,” he said.

The first batch of stu­dents, who took the Plus 1 board ex­ams in March 2018, will re­ceive a mark sheet out of 600 marks, and when they take up their Plus 2 ex­ams in March 2019, they will be is­sued a mark sheet for the same, again out of 600 marks. “With a new cur­ricu­lum in place for Class 11, we ex­pect the stu­dents to take the exam se­ri­ously and they are re­quired to pass,” Mr. Sen­got­taiyan said.

A gov­ern­ment or­der to this ef­fect from Pradeep Ya­dav, Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary of the School Ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment, stated that there had been sev­eral rep­re­sen­ta­tions given by stu­dents to the Chief Min­is­ter’s spe­cial cell ap­peal­ing for sep­a­rate mark sheets, as they feared it would jeop­ar­dise their chances to se­cure ad­mis­sion to the col­lege of their choice.

Coach­ing be­gins

The School Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment on Satur­day be­gan coach­ing through V-SAT tech­nol­ogy across 413 cen­tres in the State.

The de­part­ment has again part­nered with Speed In­sti­tute and classes will be held on all week­ends. Data made avail­able in­di­cate that nearly 31,000 stu­dents from both Plus 1 and Plus 2 will be at­tend­ing the coach­ing classes.

While 320 teach­ers from across the State were trained by sub­ject ex­perts as part of an in­ten­sive five day train­ing pro­gramme, the teach­ers are in turn train­ing 4,130 teach­ers across the State who will be a part of and help fa­cil­i­tate coach­ing of stu­dents.

S. R. RAGHU­NATHAN ■

K. A. Sen­got­taiyan re­leas­ing coach­ing books for com­pet­i­tive ex­ams, in Chennai on Satur­day.

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