Don’t hold exams for lower classes: TN govt to private schools

The directorate of matriculation schools in Tamil Nadu has warned the private schools against conducting exams and violating the state’s direction to promote all the students of classes I to IX (to the next classes).

At the beginning of lockdown, the state had asked the schools to promote all the students of classes I to IX without exams, considering the Covid-19 pandemic situation.

As a precautionary measure against the spread of COVID -19, all schools in the State have been closed. Among the directions issued by the School Education Director was that all students from all schools in classes 1 to 9 will be promoted to the next class and heads of institutions will have to record the same.

In a circular, the Director of Matriculation Schools, A. Karuppaswami, has said that there are some private schools that are however planning to hold exams for students of classes 1 to 9 once the schools reopen. Based on the marks students score in these exams, the schools will decide to promote or detain the students, it is learnt.

The circular added: “Even though a circular has been issued by the government stating that all students of classes 1 to 9 should be promoted, the managements of some matriculation and matriculation higher secondary schools are attempting to violate this.”

Meanwhile, the Railways on Wednesday issued a list of 100 pairs of trains that it will operate from June 1, putting in operation popular trains such as Durontos, Sampark Krantis, Jan Shatabdis and Poorva Express..

The COVID-19 death toll rose to 3,303 on Wednesday and the number of cases climbed to 1,06,750 in the country – an increase of 140 deaths and a record spike of 5,611 cases in a day.