The Tamil Nadu government on Monday revised an order stating that the previous syllabus system for Class 11, 12 students of four core subjects including language papers will continue for the academic year 2020-21. Students will continue to prepare for four core subjects and undertake their board examinations for 600 marks in the upcoming academic year. The government's latest decision comes after an order was issued last September stating students can opt to appear in public exams for 500 marks, which included only three core subjects.  

Although the decision to implement the order of three core subjects was for the sake of reducing the burden and stress among students, it wasn't met with a positive response as many parents and teachers felt it curtailed the opportunities for higher studies and also in terms of employment. The decision to reinstate the previous four core subjects syllabus has been implemented once again taking into consideration their requests and also disavowing the three core subjects system, as per an order issued by the Director of School Education, Tamil Nadu. 

It is to be noted that Tamil Nadu Minister for School Education K. A. Sengottaiyan had last month issued a statement saying the printing of textbooks for the academic year 2020-21 had been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. He also went on to state that action will be initiated against private institutions in case any complaints are received from the public regarding the fixing of education fees and the enrollment for Class 11. 

As many as 8.5 lakh students had appeared for Class 12 board examinations for the academic year 2019-20, which began on March 2 and concluded on March 24. Paper correction was suspended due to the lockdown imposed across Tamil Nadu as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Class 12 results are expected to be made this month as announced in June after paper correction resumed towards the end of May and ended across all centres in the state on June 10.