Uncertainty over dates of SSLC, higher secondary annual exams worries students, teachers alike

Thiruvananthapuram: The delay in announcing the dates of the annual examinations for classes 10 and 12 in Kerala is worrying students and teachers alike.

Even though the education department is planning to conduct the public exams in March, teachers say that they wouldn’t be able to cover the entire portions of class 12 and then conduct the revision by that time.

The authorities had earlier confirmed that the focus area for the exams will be at least 60% of the prescribed portions. It has been a week since the government has announced the criteria for deciding the focus area. However, the portions that are included in the focus area haven’t been published yet. Teachers haven’t been able to cover even half of the lessons of higher secondary classes and the second-year vocational higher secondary courses.

Earlier this year, plus-two students lost almost a month of classes after the plus-one examinations got delayed due to the curbs over the COVID-19 pandemic. Besides, two more weeks of classes would be lost between 31 January and 4 February as the improvement exams have been scheduled then.

The lessons have to be completed at least by 15 February in order to hold the exams in March.

However, the teachers say that they wouldn’t be able to teach the entire topics as the classes are held in batches and shifts owing to COVID-19 regulations.

Meanwhile, more than 75% of the lessons of class 10 has been completed.  

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