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TN board exam 2021: Schools ask govt to postpone Class XII exams
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Chennai: Several schools have asked the government to postpone Class XII board exams, to begin on May 3, given the increase in Covid-19 cases.

District level common revision test scheduled to commence from April 8 and practical exams scheduled from April 16 to 23 have come under a cloud.

"There is only four weeks’ time 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 present schedule. There is time till June to conduct the board exams," said B Purushothaman, senior principal of Everwin Group of Schools.

"The second wave is affecting even the teenagers. Parents and children are expecting the board exams to be postponed to June till the Covid-19 cases subside," said N Vijayan, senior principal of Zion Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Tambaram. The National Testing Agency has scheduled the NEET-UG exam on August 1.

"There is enough time to prepare for JEE and NEET even if the exams are conducted in June," he said.

The second revision test will be conducted for Class XII from April 8. The practical exams for Class XII students will be held from April 16 to 23.

A headmaster from a government school said students will be at risk if the revision test is conducted immediately after the polls as election commission is also allowing Covid-19 patients also to vote. Another headmaster said the attendance of students dropped after the revision test. "We had above 95% attendance for the first revision test. But , the attendance was sharply dropped to 50% after the tests when the schools conducted classes on March 31 and April 1," she said.

However, G J Manohar, principal of MCC Higher Secondary School in Chetpet postponing the exams will affect the preparation of the Class XII students.

He mooted the idea of vaccinating the Class XII students before the board exams.

School education department officials said they have not discussed anything about the postponement of the exams yet. "As of now, revision tests and practical exams are on as per the schedule," an official said.

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