Tamil Nadu schools under CBSE has suggested the board to cut short the syllabus and set a separate exam paper for the students of the state, due to the rain and flood that hit the state real bad. The schedules of the classes of these schools gone haywire due to the heavy rain and students couldn’t complete their curriculum on time.
The schools under CBSE have lost almost 26 working days due to the rain and they have no other way than to cut the syllabus, as extra classes would also not help covering the topics missed. According to a teacher from a prominent city school, they would eliminate the co-curricular activities in the schools and give priority to the students of class 12 to make them finish their curriculum. Due to the incessant rain the whole month from November 7 to December 7, students enjoyed a month long holiday. The holiday began with Diwali and got extended due to heavy rain and later on flood, in major areas of Tamil Nadu.
For state board schools, the state government had already postponed the half-yearly exams. The CBSE schools have also started to approach the board to tackle the crisis. School authorities of Bhavans Rajaji Vidyashram have met with the CBSE officials already regarding the matters and others are joining in to consult with the board in order to get possible solution of the problem.
To fight with the situation some of the schools conducted online revisions during the holiday, but many of the schools failed to reopen in various areas with no access to internet or electricity, due to the floods. The parents and teachers are fearful that this alone would not be able to change the scenario. Due to the severe floods few schools have lost many books and valuable documents. According Minoo Agarwal, the Principal of DAV Public School, “The entire ground floor, including our administrative blocks, library and classrooms, was flooded. We are unable to even step inside to check on the books and files inside. The approach road to the school is still not commutable and is waterlogged.”
Not only schools but the flood has hit the IIT Madras placements, interviews for which were held on December 1. It would resume on January 6 now and the second phase of placements would begin from January 20. The sources from the institute have said that the students, faculty and staff in the campus are safe and the water logging in the institute is going down fast. Some colleges under Anna University had to postpone their semester examination due to the floods and water logging.