Almost around 1,280 students, including 120 from other schools, sat for the exam at Zion school. Usually, the syllabus is changed every five years. However, this year in a row that the board exam question papers were set on the same syllabus, resulting in few surprises for students. It is common for students to familiarize themselves with the question papers of board exams over the last five years.
Teachers were also repeated from the previous year's papers. Students said “other papers like Hindi, French, Sanskrit and Telugu were also unexpectedly easy, where most of the questions were taken from the textbook”. “Usually, there are a couple of questions from outside the syllabus, but not this time; said a class 12 student, who wrote the French Exam.
Though the tamil paper was easy, some teachers said that the results might vary. A school head said “There are several exam centres fro Tamil in each district compared to only one or two for the other languages. The answer script evaluation depends on the instructions from the superintendent. This could vary from centre to centre and person to person”.
These cases of exam malpractice in Villupuram came to light on Thursday, in which two regular students and private student were caught.