CBSE schools in Tamil Nadu are coming up with various suggestions as the class schedules in Chennai have been inconsistent due to the incessant rain in November. Some of the suggestions given by schools are postponing exams for students of TN, cutting short the syllabus and setting a separate exam paper and many more.
The schools in the metropolitan city have lost 26 working days and are concerned as putting extra hours will not help the students. A teacher from a prominent school in the city said that they may eliminate all co-curricular activities and give priority to Class 12 students.
From November 7 to December 7, school and college students enjoyed a month-long holiday. What started out as Diwali holidays became an extended vacation due to the rain that pounded the city.
While the state government postponed all half-yearly exams for state board schools, CBSE schools have now begun approaching the board on ways to tackle the crisis. A few schools like Bhavans Rajaji Vidyashram have already met CBSE officials, while others are joining hands to consult the board for a solution. Shree Niketan Group of schools has sought a uniform advisory from the CBSE board.
CBSE regional officer K Srinivasan said he has updated the status of schools in TN to the board, which recently pushed the group mathematics Olympiad that was scheduled for December 6 to December 20 for Chennai centre alone.
Some schools conducted online revisions during the holiday period, but with many schools still being unable to reopen and many other not having access to internet, parents and teachers fear this may not be enough. Some schools have also lost many books and documents due to inundation.
Principal of DAV Public School in Velachery, Minoo Agarwal, said, "The entire ground floor, including our administrative blocks, library and classrooms, was flooded. We are unable to even step inside to check on the books and files inside. The approach road to the school is still not commutable and is waterlogged." The principal added that the school is not likely to begin functioning even next week.