Class 10 and 12 students of schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) are set to take their board exams from Thursday 1st March 2012. Across the country, more than 8 lakh students will take the Class 12 exams this year, while 11.8 lakh will take the class 10 exams. In the Chennai zone, 69,825 students, including 7,847 from Tamil Nadu, are set to take the Class 12 board exam this year, while 61,753 wrote it in 2011 and 56,697 in 2010. The Chennai zone comprises CBSE schools in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and Daman and Diu. On the eve of the exam, school heads are asking students to stay confident. The teachers have revised the lessons with the children in small groups, giving them personal attention based on their pace of learning. The children are quite relaxed, said senior principal of Bhavans Rajaji Vidyashram, Ajeeth Prasath Jain. As many as 96,959 students will take the Class 10 exam in the Chennai zone, compared to the 55,366 students who have opted for the school-based exam. CBSE gave Class 10 students the option of choosing between school-based assessment and board exams last year in an attempt to reduce exam related stress. In Tamil Nadu, 5,418 children have chosen the school exam.
A total of 16,466 students will do the board exams. Class 12 students start the boards with English, while some students in Class 10 will begin with painting. The core exams for Class 10 begin on Friday with mathematics. CBSE controller of exams M.C. Sharma has given principals the format in which they can send feedback on question papers after the exams. There is a marginal increase in the number of students with disabilities, including visual, orthopaedic, hearing and speech impairments, and dyslexia. Last year, 2,484 children took the Class 10 exam, and the number has risen to 2,881 this year. For Class 12 too the number has gone up, from 1,568 last year to 1,783 in 2012.
Courtesy: Times of India