Chennai, Dec 19: With half-yearly examinations knocking at the door, children in Chennai have no end to their woes. With irregularity in classes and loss of school books during the floods, sitting for the exams, scheduled to start on January 11, children are doubly pressurised.
On Friday, the school education department released the dates for Class X and XII examinations, which includes English Paper II for Class XII on January 14.
Not just Chennai, activists, parents and teachers from Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts have voiced their concern over the pressure that would build up on the students. To further emphasis their concern, the Tamil Nadu Students-Parents Welfare Association has sent a petition to the Chief Minister's cell, urging him to cancel the exams, at least for the lower classes.
President of the association, S. Arumainathan said,"The floods have led to loss of books and documents of both students and schools. In this situation, holding the examinations will mean that parents, teachers and students will be pressured unnecessarily."
K.R. Nandakumar, general secretary, Tamil Nadu Nursery, Primary Matriculation Higher Secondary Schools Association said,"Except for those in the four districts affected by the floods, schools in the State have been functioning. The State can consider dropping the exams for the four districts alone."