Several schools in Tamil Nadu have asked the government to postpone Tamil Nadu board exams for class 12. The exams are scheduled to be conducted from 3 May 2021. Students’ common revision tests will start on 8 April 2021, while practical exams are to be conducted from 16 to 23 April 2021.
Many principals of schools have shown worries about the conduct of class 12 exams due to a sudden rise in COVID-19 cases. N Vijayan, senior principal of Zion Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Tambaram, said, “The second wave is affecting even teenagers. Parents and children are expecting the board exams to be postponed to June till the COVID-19 cases subside.” Further, he added that students would get enough time to prepare for JEE Main and NEET if board exams are postponed to June 2021.
B. Purushothaman, senior principal of Everwin Group of Schools, said: “There are only four weeks for board exams to commence. COVID-19 cases are expected to peak around that time. We feel it is not advisable to conduct the exams as per the current schedule. There is time till June to conduct the board exams.”
However, the school department official said that they had not decided about the postponement of exams yet. An official said that the revision tests and practical exams would be conducted as per the schedule itself.