In a significant move, Department of School Education, Government of Tamil Nadu has called for major reforms in the eduction of the state. It has suggested that students of class 11 will be writing board examinations and starting 2019, students will receive a consolidated marks card which will have marks of both the years. The department has also changed the duration of exams to 2.5 hours as compared to 3 hours earlier.
Along with the change in exam structure, it has also announced a schedule to update the syllabus of class 12th. Syllabus for class 12 was last updated 12 years ago and that of smaller classes was updated 7 years ago. DSE has also announced that the syllabus of younger classes will be updated in phases.
While making this announcement, School Education Minister, K.A. Sengottaiyan also assured that the two year board exams policy is being drafted to ease out the pressure off students. He mentioned that there will be a no detention policy for the students of class XI. If a student fails to clear his exams of 11th standard, he or she will be allowed to take up supplementary exams to be held later this year. The students will also have an option of taking up those exams next year with 12th class exams.
Also, the marks of both the classes will hold equal weightage. Final mark sheet will have 1200 marks in total and students will need a minimum of 35% in all the subjects. 10% marks will be reserved for internal evaluation throughout the two years.