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Following a plea filed by the Students Federation of India seeking postponement of board exams, the Tamil Nadu High Court had directed the state government to file its response by June 11th.

The petitioner had asserted that due to the lack of classes it would not be impossible for students to have forgotten their lessons. Also, online classes would also not be possible to reach each and every student. Adding to the above points the petitioner had also said that schools needed time for revisions ahead of examinations and that the exams should not be conducted on the spur of the moment for the sake of conducting it.

However, the Tamil Nadu School Education Minister Mr. K. A. Sengottiyan ruled out any further delay in the exams and confirmed that the exams would be held on June 15th as mentioned earlier. “Now there is no scope for further postponement, and we are making arrangements to teach the hill area students through online”, he said.

The Tamil Nadu 10th Board Examinations which were earlier scheduled from June 1st to June 12th were delayed to the continuation of lockdown till May 31st owing to the Covid – 19 outbreak. The state government then rescheduled the examinations from June 15th to June 25th.

The exams would be held over 12,500 centers as against 3,084 centers in the previous year, and social distancing will be practiced in every center while accommodating the students. The Minister further added that “We are arranging the students to write the examination at their own schools, for which a detailed report will be released soon.”

Chennai: The Tamil Nadu School Education Department’s announced on 12th May that Class 10 examinations will be held from June 1 amidst the uncertainty that is going on in the state. The school education department is now busy preparing the halls for the 10th standard board examination for which the hall tickets would be issued to the candidates after May 18, K A Sengottaiyan the Education Minister said on Friday.

The Tamil Nadu state government is in its fourth phase of lockdown and the state government has not taken any final call on lifting the lockdown yet. The lockdown announced as of now ends on 17th May. Sources say that the government is planning on phase lifting the lockdown, in this situation it is unclear how it would be possible to conduct public exams in schools.

If the exams go ahead as scheduled, more than 10 lakh students will have to travel to their schools from their places of stay, and about a tenth of these will be in the Chennai Metropolitan Area.

It is expected that there will be announcement on students to bring their own masks to protect the spread of Covid-19 in the exam centres. Mr. K. A. Sengottaiyan, the School Education Minister has informed that the government would issue a statement on 19th May regarding the transportation arrangements that will be done during the exams.