The Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) has rescheduled the 2018 GCE O-Level Literature in Tamil Paper 1, as it falls one day after Deepavali.
The paper will be postponed from Wednesday, November 7, 2pm to Monday, November 19, 10am.
In a press statement on Aug 28, SEAB said that it is mindful about balancing the number of papers that candidates have to sit within this time frame, as well as minimising timetable clashes due to the variety of subject combinations offered.
When there is a gazetted festive public holiday within the examination period, SEAB will avoid scheduling examinations on the afternoon of the eve of the festival and in the morning after the festival. This is to minimise disruption to the festive celebrations.
Deepavali falls on November 6 this year, which is in the middle of the GCE O-Level examination period.
The board has received feedback about the GCE O-Level Literature in Tamil Paper 1 taking place a day after Deepavali. After careful deliberation, SEAB will be rescheduling the paper to November 19, which is the last day of the GCE O-Level examination.
As there are only nine candidates taking this paper, the marking and results processing can still be completed in time for the 2018 GCE O-Level examination results release in January 2019.
There are no changes to the examination timetable for the other GCE O-Level papers scheduled on Wednesday, November 7.
The updated examination timetable can be accessed on SEAB’s website.