Tamil Nadu Board Exam 2021 was about to begin its exams from March but the maximum schools in the state did not convince themselves with the decision to begin the board examinations for both HSE+2 (Class 10 and 12).
Therefore, the Directorate of Examinations made an appeal to the Government for the further postponement of the schedule due to excessive rise in the second wave of Covid-19 at least up to June.
According to the schedule, the District level common revision test were supposed to be held from the 8th of April, whereas the practical exams were to be conducted from April 16 to 23.
The second wave of Covid-19 is affecting even teenagers. Parents and children are expecting the board exams to be postponed to June till the Covid-19 cases subsided with enough time to prepare for JEE and NEET even if the exams are conducted in June.
The request for the postponement was not only made for Class 10 and 12 boards exams but also including Class 11 that happened to conduct its exams during the same time and pattern.
After the schedule was released for both the boards, the teachers were asked to come to school compulsorily despite declaring of holiday for the students, may get the option to perform school-related work from home.
The office of the School Education Department explained that if the threat situation dilutes during this week, the Class 10 exams will be conducted as per the schedule.
There is a crucial discussion going on within the Tamil Nadu Student Education Department for passing all the students from Class 1 to 9 as it was done in Uttar Pradesh.
PK Ilamaran, the President of Tamil Nadu Teacher’s Association, expressed his concerns towards the students of Tamil Nadu in contrast to the threat of the coronavirus even though sanitization is being carried out at the exam centres. He explains that these sanitizations are merely helpful to protect students from the second wave of the coronavirus and therefore it is better for the students to stay at home otherwise.
Though schools were closed for classes 9 to 11 from March 22 due to the rise in infections, especially among students, regular sessions were conducted for Class 12 students who have to appear for board exams scheduled on May 3.
The classes were suspended from Saturday to April 7 because schools are to be converted into polling stations.
S Arumainathan, president, Tamil Nadu Parents-Teachers Association (TNPTA), said many parents asked the association to urge the government to not only suspend classes but also defer board exam and push the next academic year by two or three months.
With a sigh of relief, the decision however turned out to be commencing the exams from 3rd of May 2021 instead of April. There is a fear constrained that if the exam is conducted on June, it may hamper the mental schedule of the students who are constantly looking for complete their exams.
NEET/ JEE aspirants are also worried whether the postponement of the board exam will reduce their time period for preparing for these competitive exams.
Usually, the board exams are held in the first week of March every year. This year it is concluded for conducting in the first week of May. The admit cards will be released soon. This gives a proof that now there wont be any further interference in the new adamant schedule and date sheet for 2021 unless there is no official announcement of lockdown or day curfew from the central government for the growing pandemic.