The Tamil Nadu Education Minister Anbil Mahesh has informed the media that 5.6 per cent of students did not appear for the first paper of the Class 12 board exams. He further stated that discussions are being held with the officials of the Education department. Reports say that out of the 8.51 lakh students who enrolled for the public exam, 50,674 did not appear for the first exam that was held on March 13.
The board exams for class 12 students in Tamil Nadu began on March 13 with part I of the Tamil language paper. It will go on till April 3.
The students who were absent were mainly from the districts of Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri and Thiruvannamalai. A committee will be formed to resolve this issue. The Tamil Nadu government has ordered an inquiry into this unusual absence of students for the board exams this year. The Education Minister has requested the parents to inform their children of the importance of the exams and to send them to write the exams.