Tamil Nadu to conduct televised classes for government school students

South India

Tamil Nadu Education Minister KA Sengottaiyan on Thursday said that the government will launch televised classes for government school students.

He said that arrangements are under way for conducting these classes. Five channels have agreed to telecast the classroom sessions free of cost at scheduled timings. The quality of these classes will be on a par with any online class conducted in private schools.

DT Next quoted sources in the Education Department as saying that the televised classes will be telecast mainly through Kalvi Tholaikatchi (Education TV) channel that was launched by Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami last year.

The government had initially planned to conduct online classes through Internet. The government dropped the move following protests from activists and parents, who said it will deprive thousands of students in areas located in hilly and tribal areas with limited or no access to the internet.

According to reports, Kalvi Thollaikatchi, DD Podhigai, Polimer TV, Puthiya Thalamurai and Thanthi channels will be used to telecast lessons from classes one to 12. The schedule and plan for these lessons are yet to be made public.

The Minister also said that all class 12 students who missed their exams will have to appear on July 27 mandatorily. “For class ten we had announced all pass without having to write the exam. In case of class 12, only if they write exam, we will be able to give them marks. There’s no other way,” the minister was quoted by News Minute as saying.

The exam expected to be conducted on July 27 will be conducted in the respective schools of the students who were unable to attend the originally scheduled exam due to the lockdown. While hall tickets for the exam will be made available on Tamil Nadu’s Education Department’s website between July 13 and July 17, the Minister also assured students that necessary transport arrangements will be made by the government.

A total of 671 students across Tamil Nadu were unable to attend their final board exam scheduled on March 24 due to the lockdown.

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