Thiruvananthapuram: Ahead of the crucial board examinations for Class 10 and higher-secondary classes later this month, millions of students in Kerala are now taking model tests. The model examinations for students of Class 10 and Plus-Two courses in the state began on Monday morning.
Meanwhile, the Class 10, Plus-Two and VHSE model exams scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed to March 8 in view of a motor vehicle strike in Kerala. The rest of the schedule will remain unchanged.
The public examination for the Secondary School Leaving Certificate will begin on March 17. The Plus-Two exams conducted by Directorate of Higher Secondary Education will start on March 24.
The Kerala education department reckons that with the model exams, students' apprehensions about the public examination would subside.
All the preparatory works, including distribution of question papers at the schools, have been completed. The question papers will be in the new format with the students having the option to choose from multiple questions.
The model exams will conclude on March 5.
The model exams will be held in the morning and afternoon sessions.
The SSLC model exam will begin at 9:40am, while the plus-two model exam at 9:30am. In the afternoons, the exams will begin at 1:30pm. But on Friday, March 5, the exam will begin at 2:40pm.
The first 20 minutes would be cooling-off time.
For Class 10 students, the first language part I exam is scheduled for Monday morning on March 1.
For plus-two students, exams on biology, electronics, political science, computer application, Sanskrit Sahitya, and English literature subjects will be held on Monday morning.
In the afternoon, part III languages, and computer science exams will be held.
After evaluation, the students will be given the answer papers on March 10. Then till March 17, students do not have to go to schools on account of COVID-19 precaution.