Source : The Times of India, Last updated : 9 Jun 2020,12:56 pm

Tamil Nadu cancels Class 10 board exams; all students to be promoted

Tamil Nadu cancels Class 10  board exams; all students to be promoted
CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu on Tuesday cancelled Class X board exams scheduled to start on June 15. Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced that all students would be promoted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
More than nine lakh students were scheduled to appear for exams at 12,690 centres.
The state government also cancelled the pending Class XI exams. A Class XII exam for absentees has been postponed, and a date would be announced later.

Opposition parties and the Madras high court criticised the state government for holding exams by putting the lives of students at risk during a pandemic. The court on Monday gave the state time till June 11 to take a decision.

Following this, the government conducted a review meeting on Tuesday.

"Health experts and epidemiologists said the Covid-19 spread will not come down in near future. Considering the rising cases and demands from parents, Class X exams scheduled to start on June 15 and the remaining Class XI exams were cancelled to protect the students from infection," chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said in a statement.

For Class X students, the marks would be based on their quarterly and half yearly exam performance. "Students would get 80% weightage for half yearly and quarterly exam marks and 20% weightage for attendance," he further said.

On Monday, Telangana announced all pass for Class X students promoting a wide spread demand for cancelling the exams in Tamil Nadu.
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