‘Paper had all the important questions we were asked to learn'

After undergoing months of anxiety about the Samacheer Kalvi syllabus, the first batch to appear for the class X examination as per the new system were a relieved lot on Wednesday.

“The paper was easy. Questions were direct and from the textbook,” said a student as he walked out of an examination centre in the city. A total of 58,098 students -- 28,307 boys and 29,791 girls -- were enrolled for the boards from the city, There were about 223 examinations centres in the city.

TheSamacheer Kalvi syllabus evoked strong reactions from different sections withseveral private school heads and teachers opining that the content diluted the standard of education.

Some academics, on the other hand, said it was wrong to believe that only a taxing syllabus was good for children.

A group of students, unwinding after the exam, at Government Lady Wellington Higher Secondary School in Triplicane, were happy with the Tamil paper.

“Before the exam, we were quite tense. Being the first batch, we had little clue about the question pattern. Today's paper, however, had all the important questions we were asked to learn,” said S. Sowbhagiyam.

With exams well-spaced through the month, students were confident that the on-going IPL matches would not disturb their preparations.