Private candidates in limbo over exams

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About 40 private candidates of class 10 gathered at the DPI campus on Monday as they were not given hall tickets to write the board exams set to begin on April 4.

On Saturday, these students received letters from the directorate of government examinations that they would be allowed to appear for exams only if they had attended the practical classes.

Private candidate Anbu Selvi said the officials did not tell her about the new rule when she approached them, but were now blaming her.

An elderly person enquiring about his grandson’s case said, “The officials say they gave news to all newspapers and television channels about the compulsory practical test.”

An official said only students who’ve attended practical classes and applied for theory exams would be given hall tickets. Other students would have to wait till September, he said.

The disappointed candidates hope the government intervenes so they can appear for “the theory papers now and appear for practicals in September”.

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