Tamil Nadu releases Class 12 board exam results: For the first time, state has used decimal system! Why?

Tamil Nadu School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi has on Monday released the final results of the Class 12 students amid a huge expectation among the students on how the first-of-its-kind evaluation criteria would determine their path in pursuing higher education. As the board exams were cancelled in the state in light of the horrendous second wave of the pandemic, the state government's panel has constituted criteria under which the students would be awarded the final marks. 

Over eight lakh students were declared pass as per the criteria excluding some of the students who had missed out on the evaluation criteria to pass the board exams. The final results were announced at 11 am on Monday. Releasing the final results, the school education minister has said that no student has scored 600 out of 600 marks. He said that the authorities of the school education department had swiftly worked in finalizing and releasing the results.  

He asserted that the students can appear for the exams if they are disappointed with the marks awarded based on the criteria. He further said that 8,16,473 students were declared pass and 1,656 students had failed to clear the evaluation criteria as these students didn't attend the schools. It has been reported that the exams for the students who aren't happy with the present marks and for those who had failed, would be conducted after the pandemic comes under control in the state. 

In the arts stream, 35 students have scored between 551 and 600 marks and around 8909 students have scored between 551 and 600 marks in commerce. In the science stream, 30,500 students have scored between 551 and 600 marks. According to reports, the final results of Class 12 carry the decimal numeral system for the first time. Why the decimal system? Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi has said that the marks were awarded the decimals with the view of mitigating the clash and discrepancies in the admission for higher education. 

If two students move their application for admission in the same college with the same mark, the preference will be given for an application based on the decimal numeral system. Speaking to the reporters after releasing the results, the minister said, "Overall 8,16,473 students attended the exam and the batch has 100% pass percentile. 30,500 students have scored a mark range between 551-600 in the science stream as against over 1,867 students during the pre-pandemic year." 

He said, "We will calculate the number of students opting for special examination and conduct the exams in September or October based on the inputs and suggestions from the health experts and the Chief Minister and reviewing the pandemic situation in the state." According to reports, 4,35,973 girls and 3,80,500 boys had attended the Class 12 examinations (as per the evaluation criteria) and they are declared pass. Earlier, it was announced that the final exam results will be released on July 31. 

However, the Directorate of Government Examinations had last Friday announced that the results will be released on July 19. After cancelling the board exams, the government has formed a panel to research and formulate the evaluation criteria based on which the final marks would be awarded for the students. As per the criteria, the final marks will be awarded for the Class 12 students based on the marks they had scored in the previous board examinations and practical exams. The marks they scored in the Class 10 board exam will carry 50% weightage, the marks they scored in the Class 11 exams will carry 20% of weightage, and the Class 12 internal assessment and practical exam marks will be given the rest of 30% weightage. 

The marks awarded from the evaluation criteria will be final and revaluation can't be done. The students who didn't attend the schools as per the criteria including Class 11 absentees are failed and the re-exams will be conducted. 1,656 students fall under this category and they will be appearing for re-exams to clear the higher secondary grade. The government has listed out the websites where the students can check their results and apart from the websites, the students will also get the final results through an SMS  to the mobile number which they had given in their schools. The students can download the mark sheet, three days after the results- on July 22 from 11 am, by visiting the sites www.dge.tn.gov.in and www.dge.tn.nic.in. 

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