The Tamil Nadu Government has now restricted private schools from using banners to announce their top scorers or even from advertising it in newspapers. This is being done, according to TNIE, in an effort to reduce stress levels amongst students and parents.
On May 11, the Education Minister had announced that the Education department will not be announcing the first three ranks, as is practice, any more. This, Minister Sengottaiyan claimed, was being done in an effort to reduce emotional distress amongst students, who miss out on top ranks, even by a mark. his move has now been implemented for the 10th standard board exams as well. The first three ranks, for the standard ten board exams will not be announced.
The move was widely hailed by educationalists, as a step towards preventing education from becoming a full fledged business. This move has now been implemented for the 10th standard board exams as well.
The first three ranks, for the standard ten board exams will not be announced.
However, defeating this purpose, several private institutions reportedly installed banners outside their premises, highlighting the number of centum scorers and students who have scored more than 90 percents. Advertisements were even published in newspapers and carried on television, according to reports.
When this issue was brought to the notice of the school education secretary, T Udhayachandran, he said that such banners and posters must be removed. In addition to this, the Director of matriculation schools has reportedly been instructed to take necessary action.
The decision to not announce the top rankers came a day ahead of the 12th standard state board results. A panel formed to discuss the updation required in the state syllabus had come up with this plan. Currently, discussions are underway over the changes that need to be introduced to state board curriculum.