The directorate of matriculation schools has warned city schools that under no circumstances should they prevent class X and XII students from appearing as regular candidates for board examinations due to low scores.

Officials have also told parents to get in touch with them if they face any pressure from schools.

The warning comes after the directorate received a complaint that some class X students were being asked to appear as private candidates, as they had scored low marks in the school’s mock exams.

“Sometimes students are pressured to appear as private candidates without their parents’ knowledge, or are forced to take transfer certificates so that the school achieves 100 per cent results in the Board exams,” said R. Pitchai, director of matriculation schools.

 He said that this was the time students generally faced pressure as schools are in the process of readying the student list for the board examinations. “We wanted parents also to be aware,” he said.  Mr. Pitchai added that action will be taken against erring schools.

 Schools, he said, have already been informed that students cannot be forced to appear as private candidates under any circumstances. “Another detailed circular will be sent to schools through the inspector of matriculation schools,” Mr. Pitchai said.

There are 323 functioning matriculation schools in the city.  

Parents can approach the directorate either by phone (044-28270169), SMS (9442144401/ 9443574633) or e-mail dmschennai2010@gmail.com

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