Thiruvananthapuram: As many as 4,26,999 students will appear of the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examinations that will be held in 2,962 centres across the State from March 31 (Thursday).
Besides 408 private candidates, 574 students will sit for the examinations in nine centres in the Gulf region, besides 882 others in nine centres in Lakshadweep.
The examinations will conclude on April 29. The IT practical examinations have been scheduled for May 3 to 10.
The second-year higher secondary examinations from March 30 to April 26 will be attended by 3,65,871 regular students and 20,768 private candidates, besides 45,797 in open schools.
As many as 2,005 centres, including eight in the Gulf region and nine in Lakshadweep, have been arranged to conduct the higher secondary examinations. Practical examinations will commence on May 3.
Vocational higher secondary
The examinations of vocational higher secondary students, too, will be held from May 30 to April 26. As many as 30,158 regular and 198 private students will attend the exams.
A total of 31,332 students, including 1,174 private candidates pursuing other VHSE courses, will sit for the exams in 389 centres.
The schedule for their practical exams are yet to be finalized. The dates will be jointly decided by the Sectoral Skill Council and Schools. The exams will conclude on or before May 15, Minister for General Education V Sivankutty said.
It is estimated that 8,91,373 students, belonging to different streams, will attend the exams.
New academic year from June 1
Arrangements are being made to commence the new academic year on June 1 itself, Minister Sivankutty said, adding that 'Praveshanolsavams,' an event held in all schools to welcome students, will be organised as part of the new academic year.
Workshops will be held in schools in May to draw up the academic masterplan. The training of teachers handling classes one to seven will be held in May, and others will undergo training in a staggered manner after the evaluation of answer sheets.
Training modules are being prepared in collaboration with NCERT, SSK, KITE and other agencies concerned. The minister added that the Khader Committee recommendations are being implemented.
The committee had recommended a single directorate under the Director of General Education instead of separate directorates under different heads, which has been hampering quality education.
Minister Sivankutty directed the Directorate of General Education and the related sections in the Secretariat to dispose of the files immediately.
Adalats for disposal of files will be held in June, the minister said.