Chennai sources have stated that Tamilnadu
government has issued orders for conducting public exams for students of class
XI, and proposed to revise school education syllabus “on par with CBSE
standards” in the coming years. School Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan
said in order to ensure that students did not feel the burden of appearing for
three consecutive public exams between classes X and XII, changes had been made
in the pattern of marks and the duration.
Meanwhile when speaking to reporters he said class XI students would also
be brought under the ambit of public exams from 2017-’18 adding that orders had
been issued in this regard. Further, the 1,200 total marks for which students
write the class XII exams will now be split.
It was stated that the students will write for 600 marks in Class XI and
another 600 the next year and will be provided with a consolidated mark sheet
after the class XII exams, and the public exam duration has been brought down
from three hours to two and a half.
Moreover it was stated that students failing in one or more subjects in
class XI will proceed to go to class XII and will be allowed to re-appear for
those subjects in June/July or along with the class XII exams like the
“arrears” system in colleges and the syllabus will also be revised for
various classes starting from 2018-19 to 2020-21.