Tamil Nadu Minister for School Education K. A. Sengottaiyan on Thursday announced that the board examination results for Class 12 students will be declared in the first week of July. Class 12 students in the state wrote their exams on March 2, which came to a conclusion on March 24. Close to 8.5 lakh students appeared for the class 12 board examinations. The correction of the papers by teachers was suspended due to the lockdown imposed across the state due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The exam papers correction resumed towards the end of May and came to an end on June 10 at all the centres in the state. 

The announcement of class 12 results comes after the state government issued orders for class 10 exams to be scrapped completely for the year. Class 10 students were given a promotion based on 80 percent of the marks they scored in the quarterly and half yearly examinations while 20 percent marks will be given upon reviewing their attendance over the year. 

Minister Sengottaiyan further added that the printing of textbooks for the next academic year have been delayed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. A decision on the distribution of the books will be made in case it is ready by the end of June. Furthermore, a reduction in the syllabus for the academic year 2020-21 is being planned by the state education department, the minister said. He then stated that term exams could also see a cancellation with the coronavirus situation currently being assessed. A decision will also be taken soon regarding fixing the education fees in private schools. Minister Sengottaiyan said, if any complaints are received from the public regarding the enrollment for class 11 by private institutions, action will be initiated against them.