Tamil Nadu School Education Minister T A Sengottayan on Tuesday scrapped the proposal to hold public examinations for fifth and eighth class students in Government aided schools, bowing to opposition from parents, educationists and opposition parties.
Sengottayan, a senior Minister who steers of politics, said the Government had decided to withdraw the GO issued in September last year as parents and students expressed the fear that the public examination would add to their stress.
Sengottayan, who was a Minister in Jayalalitha Government for a long time, stayed with the parent party after the split and reunion in the wake of her death in December 2016 and kept to his business after he became Minister for Schools in the Edappadi Government.
The only time he was in the eye of the storm was when the Tamil Nadu Government conducted the NEET examination for admission of students to the medical courses as per the direction of the Supreme Court, more so after Anitha and a couple of students committed suicide after failing to crack the test.
Steering clear of politics over the issue, he ordered opening of special coaching centres across the State for students studying in Government schools to better prepare them for tEET. Now that NEET has come to stay, the politics over it has died down in Tamil Nadu.
By scrapping the proposed public examination, which was also aimed at inculcating competitive spirit among students from a young age, Sengottayan has responded to criticism and misgivings and given in.