"Postpone JEE, NEET If You Are Committed To Students' Health": Response To Education Minister
Students have argued on social media that JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020 should be postponed considering the rising number of COVID-19 cases in India. Many students have also demanded cancellation or postponement of CBSE board exam 2020.
Many students have demanded JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020 postponement, in response to a social media post from June 18 in which the Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said that the priority of the government is students’ health and quality education. Students have expressed their unwillingness to sit for Joint Entrance Examination Main, or JEE Main 2020, and The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Under Graduate, or NEET 2020, citing safety concerns amidst rising number of COVID-19 cases in India. However, no decision regarding postponement of the medical and engineering entrance exams has been taken yet. JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020 are scheduled in the month of July, 2020.
On June 18, Mr. Pokhriyal conducted a review meeting with secretaries of School Education And Literacy Department, Higher Education Department; and chairpersons of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), University Grants Commission (UGC), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), and the director general of the National Testing Agency (NTA). This was the second review meeting between the minister and top education officials of the country where "various issues" related to education during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic were discussed.
However, the minister’s assurance does not seem to convince students as many have demanded postponement or cancellation of NEET 2020 and JEE Main 2020, in response to the minister’s tweet.
Postpone JEE Main 2020, NEET 2020
“If it is true that sir is committed to students’ health then he will take the right decision to postpone NEET 2020,” one social media post in response to Mr. Pokhriyal said.
Another student alleged that student voices are being ignored and demanded postponement of the entrance exams.
Sir, Very dissapointing to students voices are being overheard by you. Kindly give us an answer.#HealthOverNEETjee #postponeneet @lokeshchugh09 @nsui @anushesh_sharma Help us out. Strengthen our voices. @IndianExpress @aajtak @republic @htTweets— Rajeev Mishra (@rajeev_mishra_) June 18, 2020
“You are putting us under tremendous mental pressure by not telling your decision, and if you conduct the exams, you will be putting us under health risks. So if you are concerned, postpone the exams and announce them soon....” said another student, in response to Mr. Pokhriyal.
Sir u r putting us under tremendous mental pressure by not telling your decision, and if you conduct the exams, you'll be putting us under health risks. So if you are concerned, postpone the exams and announce them soon, otherwise stop with your facade.#postponejee #postponeneet— Vibhav (@Vibhav97273937) June 18, 2020
“Travelling to exam centres is a real problem. Please postpone JEE Main 2020,” another concerned student replied to Mr. Ramesh Pokhriyal.
@atc_iitjee_neet— SHRESTHA BANERJEE (@SHRESTHABANER15) June 18, 2020
#postponejee#postponejee#postponeugee#postponeneet #healthoverexams#StudentsLivesMatters#healthoverexams#besensible@DrRPNishank @DG_NTA @ugc_india @iiit_hyderabad
Travelling to exam centres is a real problem . Please postpone JEEMAINS .
CBSE Board Exam 2020
Many students have also asked for postponement of the Central Board of Secondary Education, or CBSE, board exam 2020. The remaining papers of CBSE 2020 board exams are scheduled from July 1 to July 15.
Recently, parents started #CancelBoardExam campaign on social media, demanding cancellation of exams. Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia also suggested the HRD Minister that board exams should not be conducted under “difficult” circumstances and students can be promoted on the basis of internal assessment scores.
Respected Sir, Plz Cancel all the remaining exams of CBSE/ISC/ICSE. Plz don't play with children's lives We all know about #COVID19 @HRDMinistry @cbseindia29 #StudentsLivesMatter #HealthOverExams #HealthOverNEETjee #postponejee #postponeneet #Cancel_Exam2020 #cancelboardexams2020— अनुभव बॉस (@boseanubhav69) June 18, 2020
“... Cancel the remaining CBSE papers for larger public interest. Suspense creation is affecting children's mental health,” according to a social media post.
Sir cancel the remaining @cbseindia29 papers for larger public interest. Suspense creation is affecting child's mental health! #cancelboardexams #cancelboardexams2020 #CBSEBoardExams2020 #HealthOverExams #StudentLivesMatter #HealthOverNEETjee #Postponeneet #Postponejee— Gunjan Datta (Ishaan) (@ishaan_writes) June 18, 2020