Madurai A Madurai resident on Wednesday moved the Madras High Court challenging the Tamil Nadu government’s decision to hold “public examination” at Class 11 level akin to the CBSE-held class 10 and 12-level board examinations.
A Madurai bench of the high court posted the matter for detailed hearing on July 19 after a brief hearing on the issue.
Petitioner K K Ramesh submitted to the bench of justices S S Sasidharan and G R Swaminathan that the government’s move to bring Class 11 students under the ambit of public exams, would put an additional burden on the pupils who work hard to score high marks in Class 10 and, then again, in Class 12.
This would mean hard work for three years successively from Class 10 onwards, leading to sleepless nights and frustration, he said while pleading with the court to quash the government order.
To this, the government counsel submitted that under the present system of examination, the students end up focusing only on plus two syllabus (Class 12) in order to secure engineering and medical seats in reputed institutes, ignoring the plus one (Class 11) syllabus.
By not paying attention to the plus one syllabus, they feel the burden after getting admitted to engineering colleges like Anna University, he said.
He argued that an expert committee set up to analyse the performance of the students during the first year of engineering courses also came to the same conclusion.
Accordingly, the government has decided to hold “public examination” at Class 11 level.
The Tamil Nadu government had in May this year issued orders for conducting public examination for students of Class XI, and proposed to revise school education syllabus “on par with CBSE standards” in the coming years.