Only Class 12 marks to be con­sid­ered for higher ed­u­ca­tion, State is­sues GO

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THE Tamil Nadu gov­ern­ment has with­drawn its pro­posal to pro­vide a con­sol­i­dated mark sheet for Classes 11 and 12, said School Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter KA Sen­got­taiyan, speak­ing to re­porters on Satur­day.

Two mark sheets, each for 600 marks, will be is­sued sep­a­rately, he said, adding, “Stu­dents will write Class 12 board ex­ams for 600 marks. Their per­for­mance from this exam alone will be con­sid­ered for higher ed­u­ca­tion.”

The State is­sued GO 195 to this ef­fect on Fri­day. “Stu­dents who clear both class 11 and 12 board ex­ams alone, will get two sep­a­rate mark sheets eval­u­at­ing them out of 600 each year,” said the or­der. Board exam was in­tro­duced for the first time in Class 11 in TN in 2018, in or­der to give im­por­tance to all top­ics cov­ered in higher sec­ondary. Ear­lier, a mark sheet of 1,200 marks was pro­posed to be given at the end of Class 12. Sen­got­taiyan clar­i­fied that Class 11 ex­ams will con­tinue to be held. Stu­dents will get Class 12 mark­sheet, only af­ter they clear the Class 11 board ex­ams. “We re­ceived com­plaints that stu­dents were stressed. Stu­dents will feel re­laxed and be able to pre­pare bet­ter when only 600 marks are used for en­try into higher ed­u­ca­tion.” Sen­got­taiyan in­au­gu­rated 413 free gov­ern­ment NEET coach­ing cen­tres. While over 70,000 stu­dents en­rolled for the coach­ing last year, only about 28,000 have reg­is­tered this year. “We let any in­ter­ested stu­dent reg­is­ter last year. This year, we asked schools to se­lect bright stu­dents in­ter­ested in crack­ing en­trance ex­ams alone,” Sen­got­taiyan said.

A to­tal of 1,123 schools have 10 or less stu­dents, he said. Schools will be con­duct­ing cam­paigns to im­prove en­rol­ment. “We are work­ing to pro­vide kinder­garten train­ing in English and Tamil to at­tract stu­dents,” he said.

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