TAMIL NADU

7,68,815 students to take SSLC examination

CHENNAI, MARCH 24. The number of students appearing for the Secondary School Leaving Certificate public examination for 2005, scheduled for March 29 and April 8, has increased by 24,782 compared to last year.

Addressing mediapersons here today, D. Jagannathan, Director of Government Examinations, said 7,68,815 students, including private candidates, were taking the examination.

Of them, 7,03,931 were from schools. "We expect the pass percentage to increase from 77.4 last year."

There was a marginal increase in the number of private candidates with 324 more registering for the examination. Besides, 5,000 candidates, registered under instant admission, would write the examination in regional offices.

Fortytwo examination centres were added, taking the total to 2,492 centres in the State.

The examinations for 16,564 students from 138 tsunami-affected schools would be held from April 28.

Valuation would begin on April 15 at 72 centres. The results of all SSLC candidates would be released by June first week.

The Oriental School Leaving Certificate examination would start on March 28. Of 1,318 students from 25 schools, 701 were girls.

Invigilation

Mr. Jagannathan said invigilation was strengthened in centres where private candidates would take the examination. Malpractices, including copying and impersonation would invite punishment such as being permanent debarment from the public examination and legal action.

In the event of group copying, the school's licence and permission as the examination centre would be cancelled. Mr. Jagannathan said 150 students were caught indulging in a malpractice in the Plus-Two public examination this year.

The results of the examinations would be released in May-end.

Matriculation exams

About 15, 500 students in the city began writing the matriculation school public examination on Thursday, as also the students of 42 schools in the State under the Anglo-Indian stream.

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