Chennai, Dec 28 (UNI) In a major policy decision, the Tamil Nadu Government has decided to introduce uniformity in fixing the total marks as 500 for tenth standard students, irrespective of the Boards.
Taking into consideration that 84.85 per cent of the students who appeared for tenth standard examinations were from the State Board, the government had decided to issue certificates for a total of 500 marks for students of all Boards, without making any changes in the sylabus and question paper model.
At a meeting held on October 12, principals and headmasters of schools of State Board, Metric, Oriental and Anglo Indian welcomed the changes, following which, the State Planning Commission had given its nod for the changes and a Government Order was being issued, an official release here today said.
As per the existing arrangement, the State Board students appear for examinations for a total marks of 500, while students under the Oriental System appear for 600 marks, Matriculation students for 1,100 marks and Anglo Indian System students for 1,000 marks.
While 6.5 lakh students were studying in the State Board, about 1.1 lakh students were in Metric, about 5,000 in Anglo Indian, about 1,500 in Oriental and most of these students hailed from the rural areas, the release said, adding, in the Central Board, the total marks were already fixed as 500.