Change in Class XII Practical Examination for Science Students

Change in Class XII Practical Examination for Science Students

Class XII science students of the State Board will have to take up only one salt for testing in their practical examination, School Education Minister Thangam Thennarasu said here on Tuesday.

“We have been receiving several requests and we found that testing of two salts was required only at the collegiate level. So, from this academic year, students will need to take up only one salt for testing,” he said.

The Minister made this announcement at a function organized to mark the distribution of colour television sets and DVD players to 36,150 schools across the State.

The State government was keen on strengthening rural schools so that children going to schools in villages did not lose out to their counterparts in the urban areas, Mr. Thennarasu said.

This initiative of the School Education Department, along with Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu Limited (EL-COT), is aimed at strengthening the communication skills of students, particularly spoken English.

A sum of Rs. 26.12 crore has been invested in the project, the Minister said.

The Minister also distributed a set of 80 titles to teachers, as part of ‘Puthaga Poongothu Thittam’

“It is a matter of great pride that all these books have been written by our own teachers,” Mr. Thennarasu said.

Even the illustrations for the text were provided by art teachers of government schools.

He also distributed science encyclopaedias to representatives of Block Resource Centres, as part of the projects being implemented by the State’s Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) wing.

School Education Secretary M. Kutralingam commended the team behind the supplementary reading material for making it very attractive and appealing.

“The illustrations are beautiful and the children will surely enjoy reading these books,” he said ABL methodology

Former State Project Director, SSA,, and honorary consultant to the SSA wing M. P. Vijayakumar said the response from teachers who contributed to the books was very heartening.

Elaborating on the various initiatives of the SSA, he said the Activity Based Learning (ABL) methodology introduced in all the schools across the State had brought about a radical change in classrooms, making them more lively and democratic.

“If one were to analyse the impact of this methodology, one has to compare it with the methodology used prior to this. We cannot simply compare this to an ideal system that does not exist in reality,” he said.

The ABL had contributed significantly in developing students’ self esteem and enhancing their understanding, he said.

He thanked the government for its political will to bring about changes in the interest of students.