More than eight lakh students were scheduled to appear for the board exams between May 5 and May 31. While postponing the exams, the state government also announced that the practical exams, which had already begun, will be held as planned till April 23. The government also asked all coaching centres to stop taking physical classes.
Adeline Samuel, a parent, said, “If the exams are postponed till June or July, then it would affect the admissions to higher educational institutions. It will also affect the students’ preparations for exams like National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).”
Ezhil, another parent, said the state government should have specified when the situation would be reviewed. “The physical tests ahead of the board exams were very effective. But, we don’t know how effective the online revision tests are before the board exam. It will be difficult for both students and teachers,” she said.
Schools have also welcomed the decision to postpone the board exams. “I think it’s a good move. We don’t want to take too much risk by conducting the exam,” said G J Manohar, principal of MCC Higher Secondary School in Chetpet. To keep the students focussed, the school plans to conduct online revision classes.
N Vijayan, senior principal of Zion Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Tambaram, said the second wave was affecting everyone and it was the right decision to put off the exam. “We will conduct the revision exams through pen and paper with remote monitoring by teachers to prepare students for the board exams. We may ask the parents to drop the answer sheets in drop boxes,” he added.