TN academics criticize NAS exams for school students – Times of India

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu educationists have come out against the state government’s reported move to conduct National Achievement Survey (NAS) among students in Class III, V, VIII and X. It is scheduled to be held on November 12.

However, teachers, educators, educators and parents have opposed the move to conduct NAS exams in Tamil Nadu.


Kumaradas, a lower primary government school teacher in Kanyakumari district, told IANS, “Since students have lost two years, they will fail the exams in numerical and linguistic skills. Let the classes run for one or two more months and then conduct the exams so students can prove their worth.”


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A number of academics across Tamil Nadu have expressed similar views. Biju Das, owner of a school in Erode, said, “Students are not ready for such exams right now. I am not saying that we should not conduct exams. But we should do it after giving time to children. We are accustomed to offline classes.”

Education department sources told IANS that in Tamil Nadu, a national achievement survey will be conducted in 200 schools in each district and Block Resource Teacher Educator (BRTE) examinations will be conducted.


However, most school teachers are upset that the NAS is being conducted immediately after the primary schools reopen. According to them, students have forgotten even the basics and a skill test immediately after the schools reopen, will not give the desired results.

Rajeshwari Muruganandan, a primary school teacher in Coimbatore, told IANS, “In our experience, many children did not attend online classes properly or were not in the right academic and schooling mood after the schools were fully open. Therefore, children will need one or more. The government will have to move on from here.

Many parents are also not happy with their children after the skill test on November 1 when the school opens.


Khader Qasim, a wood trader from Coimbatore, whose son is studying in an elementary school in the city, told IANS, “Children are not mentally ready to go to class, they take part in an exam alone. First, there must be a system of space and then we can conduct the exam.”

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had earlier announced that NAS would be conducted across the country. Earlier, NAS was conducted in 2017, 2018 and the government is planning to restructure it in 2021 on 12 November.

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