A senior official from the Directorate of Technical Education (DoTE), which conducts typewriting and shorthand exams, said that three shorthand exams should have been conducted in August 2020, February 2021 and August 2021. “However, it could not be held due to COVID lockdown,” he said.
The students had appeared for the exam after a gap of more than a year due to the pandemic.
After several complaints coming up that the maiden attempt to conduct the English shorthand exam through speakers was a failure because the audio was not clear, the State government has constituted a committee comprising experts to look into the issue.
“As the audio was not clear and the pronunciation was bad, most students could not perform in the exam and are even worried that they would fail,” alleged L Senthil, president, Tamil Nadu Typewriting Computer Institutes’ Association (TNTCIA).
When it was finally conducted in mid-September, more than 3,000 students appeared for English higher grade shorthand exam.
When asked, the official from DoTE admitted that the authorities have received complaints not only from the students who appeared for higher grade shorthand exams but also from many members of the technical institutes’ association.
The directorate has formed a panel to look into the complaints and feedback following a number of complaints, he said.
According to the official, the committee members would look into all the concerns raised by all stakeholders before taking a decision on whether or not to conduct re-exams this month or in November.