The Tamil Nadu school education department conducted Class XII exams for absentees on Monday. Of the 846 students who expressed interest to take the exam, 519 appeared. Officials said the results would be declared within two days.
Several students had missed taking up the final exam on March 24 as there were restrictions in place for the national lockdown due to COVID-19. Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami had announced that the students who missed the exam would be given another opportunity.
Minister for School Education K.A. Sengottaiyan, in a statement said that the exam would not be held in schools in containment zones. As for students who are living in containment zones, provisions will be made for them to take up the exam in a separate room in the examination centre. All the students will be writing the exam in their own schools.
For the 846 candidates, the school education department had readied 293 exam centres across the state. “Of the 175 regular candidates, 147 wrote the exam and of the 672 private candidates, 372 appeared,” an official said.
Students wrote chemistry, accountancy and geography exams. The government had made arrangements to screen them for temperature and provided them hand sanitizers. Invigilators made sure social distancing norms were followed.
A total of 36,089 Class 12 students could not make it for their last exam in subjects such as Chemistry, Accountancy and Geography on March 24, due to transportation issues. “Though they were allowed to write the exam on June 18, due to surge in corona cases, the government has now postponed it indefinitely,” officials reportedly said.