School Education Minister KA Sengottaiyan has announced that half yearly exams for government and government-aided schools in Tamil Nadu have been cancelled in view of the pandemic.
The Minister said private schools can conduct online exams if needed. The syllabus too has been reduced with Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami’s consent, he added.
“Only 65 per cent of syllabus will be taught for students studying in Class 10 to 12 this academic year, while the syllabus has been reduced by 50 per cent for students studying in Classes up to 9,” he told reporters.
On the reopening of schools in January next year, the Minister said that a decision would be taken by the Chief Minister after holding discussions with educationists, parents and students.
Sengottaiyan recently signed a MoU with Delhi-based Nextgen Vidhya Pvt Ltd to provide competitive exam coaching for government school and government aided school students.
A press release said that free training for courses like JEE will be carried out online and students will be given individual login and password.
Registration for the training will happen from 21 to 31 December. Classes will be conducted from 4 January. Students can register for the coaching in the website https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vidhyaeduation.android, the release added.