In 113 examination centres apart from six private centres
A total of 45,477 students, including 23,346 boys and 22,131 girls, belonging to 438 schools in the district would write Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) or Standard X examinations commencing from Wednesday in 113 examination centres apart from six private centres.
Madurai revenue district had been trifurcated into Madurai, Melur and Usilampatti educational districts. While Madurai educational district had 183 schools and 53 examination centres, Melur had 153 schools and 35 examination centres. Usilampatti had 102 schools and 25 examination centres.
As per a timetable drawn by the school education department, students would sit for Language paper-I on Wednesday, Language paper-II on Thursday, English paper-I on April 1, English paper-II on April 2, Mathematics on April 5, Science on April 8 and Social Science on April 12.
Invigilators at examination centres would hand over the question papers to the students exactly at 10 a.m. and give them 10 minutes to go through the papers. Another five minutes would be provided for filling up the registration number and other details on the first page of the main booklet meant for writing answers.
Thereafter, the students would be provided two and a half hours, between 10.15 a.m. and 12.45 p.m., to write down the answers. Since it would be first time that the school students would be appearing for a public examination, the Chief Educational Officer C. Amuthavalli has asked them to keep their cool and not panic.
The CEO said that the students should make sure that they reach the examination centres by 9.30 a.m. itself in order to avoid getting delayed owing to road traffic and other reasons. At the same time, they should not forget to carry their hall tickets, pens, pencils and erasers in the anxiety to reach the centre on time.
Students who reach the examination venue after 10.30 a.m. would not be allowed to write the examination, she warned. Stating that many children end up writing their registration number and date wrongly in the answer booklet, Ms. Amuthavalli asked students to be extra careful while filling up those details. They should also be vigilant in filling up necessary details in every additional answer sheet solicited by them.
Details of the number of additional answer sheets attached to the main booklet should be filled up in the column meant for it on the first page of the booklet and all these sheets should be tied well without giving scope for the answer scripts to slip out of the main booklet, she cautioned.
“Most of the children lose marks due to such small mistakes committed by them during the examinations. They must avoid writing until the edges of the answer scripts. They must also give a gap of at least an inch at the bottom of every answer sheet as the latter are prone to wear and tear,” she advised.
She asked children not to use any colour other than black and blue to write their examinations. Pencils could be used for drawings and the black or blue pens could be used to highlight the drawings.