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Tamil Nadu is in favour of conducting Class XII board exams after Covid-19 cases decline | Chennai News – Times of India


CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government is in favour conducting Class XII board exams after the decline of Covid-19 cases. The state government on Sunday informed the central government at a high level meeting chaired by defence minister Rajnath Singh and education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank‘ on conducting Class XII exams and entrance examinations for professional courses.
“The central government discussed conducting CBSE Class XII board exams and the schedule of the exams whether to conduct the exam in July or August. Each state gave their own views depending on the prevailing situation in their respective state. Class XII exams are very important in deciding higher studies and careers for students. There is no use in giving them all pass. All states are in favour of conducting the exam. So, we are also in favour of conducting the exam,” Tamil Nadu school education minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamohzi told reporters here after attending the online meeting.
The central government also gave the options to the state including conducting objective type exams and reducing the exam duration. However, the state government expressed its reservations on conducting the exam in new pattern.
“We asked for more clarity on these options and said we would discuss with our chief minister before taking a final call. Now, the focus is on saving people from the Covid-19 pandemic. Depending on the health department’s report on declining cases in the state, we are ready to take a final call,” he added.
The central government gave time to state governments till Tuesday to give their views on conducting the board exams and entrance exams.
Higher education minister K Ponmudi, who also participated in the meeting, said his department had asked the union government to conduct NEET only for centrally funded medical colleges.
“Like engineering, agriculture, the central government should conduct common entrances to only central government institutions. For state government colleges, they should leave it to the state government to conduct either state level tests or on other modes like before the NEET was introduced. We are expecting that the Centre would respond to our demand,” he said.

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