TN cancels public exam for classes 5 & 8, many welcome move

In what will come as a major relief for students, Tamil Nadu’s School Education department has announced that there will be no board exams for Class 5 and 8 students.

In a circular issued by School Education Minister KA Sengottaiyan, the department has said that it has withdrawn the order passed on September 13, 2019 to conduct board exams for Class 5 and 8 from this academic year.

“Many representations were received on this order. The state government considered the representations carefully and decided to revoke the government order. The old examination method will continue,” Sengottaiyan said.

This means that the schools will continue following the exam system that is already in place for the students. “We received a lot of feedback and comments from various stakeholders in the education
sector about the exams. And taking all this into consideration, we have decided to stop the board exams for the Class 5 and 8 students,” the circular said.

Since its announcement last year, the exams have come under intense criticism from all stakeholders. Educationists and activists argued that putting such young children through public exams will cause
immense stress and curtail their ability to ask questions and be curious.

Over 20 lakh students across the state of Tamil Nadu sit for the public examinations that are held between March and April, as Tamil Nadu is the first state to implement the amendment to the Right to Education (RTE) Act that scrapped the no-detention policy.

Education activists have welcomed the cancellation of public examination for Classes V and VIII, while stressing that the announcement should have been made earlier.