In order to bring an equitable system of education, the school education department of the Coimbatore district has decided to make school-level exams uniform across the district. For this, the department has asked all private schools to use test papers prepared by the government for classes X, XI, and XII. “Most of the schools have been collecting the question paper from the custodian points and have been using them,” Chief Education Officer of Coimbatore P Ayyannan was quoted as saying in a TOI report. Ayyannan said that questions papers prepared for the government schools were standard and hence could be used by all schools.
The schools find this arrangement convenient and affordable, especially after the introduction of a common syllabus in the state. Schools in the city had been using the test papers prepared by the government as it helps students in getting a sense of question papers for the public exams. “Earlier, we used to get the government-set question papers for a reference and use them later for revision tests. But this year we have used the government question papers for our ongoing quarterly exams. Out teachers also find it useful as they could understand the question paper pattern of board exams,” a principal of a private school in Coimbatore told TOI. “The papers are standard, not too easy, not too tough," he added.
However, some private schools are not happy with the idea as they think that the common test paper would not suit their varied assessment systems. They also feel that using the already prepared question papers will not help teachers gauge the abilities of their wards as most of the teachers set questions papers according to the ability of students they teach.