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Class XI pupils now in hot seat

Despite strict guidelines issued by the government prohibiting schools from holding classes during the summer vacation in order to give students a break, several schools continue to do so. Photo: R. Ravindran

Despite strict guidelines issued by the government prohibiting schools from holding classes during the summer vacation in order to give students a break, several schools continue to do so. Photo: R. Ravindran   | Photo Credit: R_RAVINDRAN

For Class XI students of many private schools in the City, even the dog days of summer provide no respite from their studies, with more classes, assignments and tuitions. The sole objective for them now, is to score high marks in their class XII board examinations.

Swetha K.,* a student of the Akshaya Matriculation School just promoted to class XII, is busy completing record work and preparing for the tests that will be held as soon as her school reopens. Her school session ended on May 15 and will reopen on June 4. “At least two lessons in every science subject have been completed. It is more like a study holiday for me. It is so hectic that I just want to finish Class XII,” says Swetha.

Despite strict guidelines issued by the government prohibiting schools from holding classes during the summer vacation in order to give students a break, several schools continue to do so. However, some schools seem to be more wary, citing the ‘government's increased vigilance', as one school correspondent put it.

But schools that do not conduct classes in the month of May ensure that students are engaged with assignments and test preparations. “We gave introductory classes in April. When we reopen for classes once more, we will have tests and revisions,” says T. Kavitha, who is a Class X science teacher

However, for some parents and students, classes that commence well in advance, mean that as the board exam approaches, students are be much better prepared and feel far less stressed pressured.

Sheeja Sasindran, a parent of a Class X student in a school in Pallavaram is sending her daughter to tuitions twice a day this month. “For average students, it has become the parent's responsibility to make sure that the student scores well. If she gets low marks, the school calls the parent and admonishes her, instead of helping the students out,” says Ms. Sasindran.

But with students of class X, school heads, particularly those of matriculation schools, say the situation has changed.

With the introduction of Samacheer Kalvi, the syllabus has reduced significantly. Class X students seem to be enjoying the vacations more this year.

"Until last year we used to have classes during vacations. There were at least 24 to 25 lessons per subject and we had to complete them in a year's time. Under Samacheer, there are just seven lessons," says Sheela Prakash, principal, Joshua Matriculation School.

* Name changed to protect privacy

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