Tamil Nadu State Board

About Tamil Nadu State Education Board

The Tamil Nadu Education Board is one of the oldest education systems in India.  The Tamil Nadu State Education Board was first established in the year 1826 by the Governor of Madras Province named Sir Thomas Munro. The main objective of the Tamil Nadu State Education Board is to have the highest literacy both in the Tamil Nadu state and all over India. The first high school was opened in the year 1841, the State Secondary Education was established and in the year 1910 and the first SSLC Public Examination conducted all over the Tamil Nadu state was in the year 1911.

TNSB Board

Overview of Tamil Nadu State Education Board

Native name   அரசு தேர்வுகள் இயக்ககம்

TNBSE Full Form         Tamil Nadu Board of Secondary Education

Type    Governmental Board of School Education

Founded          1911

Headquarters  Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Primary Language       Tamil, English

Key people      Sengotiyan, Minister for school education; Director: D Vasundaradevi

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Education System in Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu State has 2,550 schools, 1,150 colleges, and 37 universities.

The Structure of education in the state, as presented in the figure is based on the national level pattern with 12 years of schooling (10+2+3), consisting of eight years of elementary education, that is, five years of primary and three years of middle school education for the age groups of 6-11 and 11-14 years, respectively, followed by secondary and higher secondary education of two years each besides two years of pre-primary education. The entry age in class 1 is 5+. Pre-primary classes form age group 3 to 4. The higher secondary school certificate enables pupils to pursue studies either in universities or in colleges for higher education in general academic streams and in technical and professional courses such B.E., MBBS., elementary teacher training (ETT) etc., which are of different durations. The Tamil Nadu State Board of Education evaluates the student performance and their improvement by conducting two different board exams –class 10 and class 12 before moving to their vocational courses and higher studies.


The Anglo India stream.

The Matriculation stream.

OSLC – The Oriental School Leaving Certificate.

SSLC – Secondary School Leaving Certificate stream.

HSC – Higher Secondary Certificate stream for class 11th and 12th.


Introduction To TNSCERT


Formerly, TNSCERT was referred to as the State Institute of Education (SIE). In year 1970s, SIE was upgraded to the State Council of Educational Research and Training, which became a state-level organisation responsible for designing the curriculum, developing and executing training programs.TNSCERT designs the curriculum based on specific needs and skill sets echoed by various industries. This means, education is intertwined with current trends and practices in various industries.


Functions and Roles of TNSCERT

1.TNSCERT organises programmes essential for Elementary Teacher Education

2.Organises training programmes aimed at skill updation for teacher trainers/educators.

3.Provide training to teachers in-service.

4.Organises research work under the purview of the state.

6.Development of curriculum aimed at Teacher Education

7.Creation of resources aimed at Teacher Education

8.Sets benchmarks for Quality of Teacher Education (both pre-service and in-service)

9.Promotion and development of professional skills for teachers.

10.Development of quality textbooks for class 1 through 12

11.Creation and development of software aimed at educational TV programmes.


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