The very premise that students will study and teachers will teach only if there is a board exam is RIDICULOUS.
Forget the question of whether we need the newly introduced XIth Std board exams inTN. Do we actually need such teachers and students?
Here are some good points for and against this decision.
If you ask me, we don’t even need an education system which drives students towards mugging up/memorizing the course content, vomit it verbatim, and clear their exam papers in “flying colours”.
Until we work on an understanding-based/practical-oriented curriculum right from Class I and stop the scramble to obtain “lucrative” engineering/medical college seats that promise riches irrespective of the students’ aptitudes and interests, it won’t matter even if there are board exams for all twelve years starting from Class I.
Until then, we will keep producing useless engineers who don’t have a clue about engineering (me included) and doctors whose only focus will be to maximize their Return on Investment.
We reap what we sow. Karma.
PS: This is my 1000th post on this blog 🙂