Results of the state board class X public examinations will be declared on Monday. The outcome of this year's examination assumes additional significance, for this is the first batch of students to take the examination after the state government introduced the Samacheer Kalvi (uniform system of school education).
Until last year, schools following different streams — state board, matriculation, Anglo Indian and OSLC — took different examinations, with different marking schemes. This year, nearly 11 lakh students took the same examination and will be evaluated on the same parameters. The results will be an indicator of how receptive students and teachers have been to the new syllabus that was introduced during the DMK regime.
When Samacheer Kalvi was introduced, several private schools maintained that the syllabus had been ‘diluted'. Educationists, in response, said that matriculation schools had until then, taxed students with a syllabus that was not age-appropriate and that the new syllabus was a step in the right direction.
A day ahead of the results, C. Satish, who has been heading various CBSE and state board institutions for nearly three decades, said he was very positive that the overall pass percentage would be very good this year. “The syllabus is very balanced and relevant, giving children great scope to think and apply. Merging the four streams also helps us achieve more parity,” said Mr. Sathish, who is currently director of Paavai Group of Institutions, Namakkal.
Government school teachers, on the other hand, felt that the new syllabus for English was of a rather high standard for their students. However, students have done well and seem confident, according to S. Srinivasan, retired headmaster of a Chennai Corporation-run school. “The syllabus was interesting and students coped with the change quite well,” he said.
However, the rank lists might look a bit different this year, he observed. “Earlier, when we had separate streams, government schools had their own share of toppers. From this year, it will perhaps be a common rank list,” Mr. Srinivasan said.
Senior academics were involved in evolving the syllabus and designing textbooks, which have been modelled largely on NCERT textbooks. Lessons are accompanied by activities that seek to encourage children to apply the concepts they have been taught in class.
The results will be out at 1.30 p.m. on Monday and mark sheets will be distributed on June 21, according the Directorate of Government Examinations. The results will be available on http://tnresults.nic.in as well. Students who wish to apply for re-totalling can do so between June 5 and June 7