In a bolt from the blue for the Tamilnadu people, the School Education Department yesterday announced its decision to withhold the state ranks for the board exams. Education Minister Sengottayan made this announcement just a day prior to the higher secondary class 12 results that were declared today.
What did the Tamilnadu Education Minister say on top three rankings abolishment?
Education Minister Sengottaiyan after a four and a half hour meeting said,"The first three ranks will not be announced because students these days are mentally affected even if they lose a mark. So, even parents won't pressurise students too much. This will make sure that imparting knowledge is the focus of our educational institutes."
Why has state ranking for board exams been abolished in Tamilnadu?
It is reported that for the past two decades, educationists have been demanding to scrap the ranking system. This is to bring in equality among students and curb the ranking madness. According to them, ranking induces stress and pressure for those candidates appearing in the board.
This way, the parents will also stop thrusting their ranking desires on their wards and instead focus on helping them study and score better. Usually, ranks are calculated even with decimal points to pick out the toppers, this time, there will not be such confusions, it is learnt.
How have people of Tamilnadu received the abolishment of ranking?
The fact that there will be no more state ranks in Tamilnadu has received mixed reactions with some praising for having resumed equality among students and reducing their burden and some others blaming the government for snapping the credit off from the students who had worked hard to secure the top ranks.
Other educational reforms in Tamilnadu
It is also expected that the Education Minister will soon be making announcements on other educational reforms such as change of syllabus and introducing board exams for class 11, which if announced is expected to be implemented from this new academic year.