The Tamil Nadu government has decided to conduct board exams for the students of Classes 5 and 8 from this academic year onwards in line with the orders of the Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD).
“There shall be a regular examination for Class 5 and Class 8 at the end of every academic year”, it said.
“If a child fails in the examination, he or she will be given additional instruction and granted opportunity for re-examination with a period of two months from the date of declaration of results,” the order said.
Accordingly, the government will allow schools to hold back a child in both Class 5 and Class 8 if failed in the re-examination. However, the order said that no child will be expelled till the completion of elementary education.
Except for State-run schools, all the private school students will have to pay the fee for board exams. Accordingly, each student from Class 5 may have to pay Rs 50, while it may be Rs 100 for Class 8 students.
Meanwhile, The school education department also announced its decision to reduce English and Tamil exams to single papers to reduce stress for class ten students. This is also expected to reduce the evaluation time.
Presently, students appear for two papers for English and Tamil respectively.