Stress less: TN govt says won’t declare top 3 rank holders for board exams

Chennai: Taking a cue from Cental Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Tamil Nadu government on Thursday announced that it will be doing away with the practice of declaring the top three rank holders of Class ten and twelve board exams, to save students from ‘stress’.

While the practice of naming the top three rank holders at state and districts level was being followed in the state for several years, it will be done away with from Friday, when the class twelve results are due, School Education Minister KA Sengottaiyan said.

“CBSE is already following this, and why because other students who get even one mark less (than the rank holders) face severe stress. The practice of announcing the first three rank holders at the state and district level is being done away with,” he said.

Officials said that in the race to produce toppers, many schools ‘ignored’ one section of students, resulting in the development of ‘stress’ and ‘inferiority complex’ in the latter.

The Education department had received a number of suggestions from parents and others in this regard following which the decision was taken at a high level meeting on Thursday, they said.