Many students were expecting postponing of entrance examination due to novel coronavirus. The Supreme court on Monday dismissed the plea to postpone the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)- Mains and National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET). After the supreme court’s decision Students outraged. This created Havoc between students how they are going to give exams in this pandemic. #INDIAunitedtoPostponeJEE_NEET is trending on twitter. So let’s find out should government postpone JEE Mains and NEET?
What is JEE Mains and NEET?
Joint entrance examination(JEE) Mains is an engineering entrance examination conducted for admission in engineering colleges in India.
Every year around 15 lakhs of students apply for the exams and around 10 lakh students appear in the exam. Previous year around 8 lakh students appeared for the exams.
National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) is an entrance examination in India for students who want to pursue undergraduate medical courses (MBBS) and dental courses (BDS) in government or private medical colleges. 14,10,755 candidates appeared for examination last year.
Supreme Court’s decision
17 August , a panel of three supreme court judges rejected the plea of 11 students seeking postponement of JEE And NEET exams.
Life cannot be stopped. We have to move ahead with all safeguards and all… Are students ready to waste one whole year? Education should be opened up. COVID-19 may continue for a year more. Are you going to wait for another year? Do you know what the loss to the country and peril to the students is?,” Justice Arun Mishra, who headed a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court said.
After the decision came students are outraged. They are asking how a career is more important than their life. The Supreme Court decision can impact many students and their parent’s life as they will come in contact with each other before and after the JEE Mains or NEET exams.
Why should JEE Mains and NEET examinations postpone?
Students are not happy with the supreme court decision. Many students belong to the states where JEE Mains and NEET exams are not possible due to floods. What will those students do? It is not a student’s mistake that floods occurred in their states. So, why they suffer from harsh consequences. The government should reconsider the decision of conducting JEE Mains and NEET examinations in this scenario.If something happens to the students who will take responsibility?
Many states don’t have proper transportation facilities during the Covid-19. How will students reach the center for JEE Mains and NEET examination? In many states, there are not enough centers to conduct an examination which means a lot of students will attempt exams in the same center. How social distancing will be maintained in the examination center?
Many people cannot wear a mask for a long period due to Asthma or other breathing problems. What if a student has a breathing problem she/he cannot wear a mask for a long time. It can pose risk to them as well as other students as well. After listing so many problems how can you expect students can completely focus on their examination without worrying about their as well as their parent’s lives. Many parents used to drop and pick their children from the examination center.
After the Supreme Court decision, many students will be under mental pressure because this time JEE Mains and NEET examinations won’t only test about your knowledge but the price is high this time as students and parent’s health is at stake.
Students are under mental pressure that they find suicide a better option than anything else. They are young but still, our government wants to burden them in that period when people are frustrated living in lockdown. They need time to recover instead the government wants them to appear for JEE Mains and NEET examinations by keeping there lives at stake.
Why JEE Mains and NEET should not be postponed?
Students have two opportunities to clear JEE exams as it is conducted twice a year. But if the government postpone the exam then students will have only one chance this will increase the burden on students and can affect student’s performance. And if a student is unable to give his best performance then his attempt will go in vain.
According to the supreme court, Covid-19 can continue for a longer period. So , Should they postpone it every year? Can we waste student’s precious years?
We cannot predict the future of someone. We can’t say what a person is going to do in his life. But we can save our present. Student’s health should be the government’s priority. The future can build in a better direction. And their future is not dependent on these particular exams. Although the government ensures safety. But we all know it’s difficult to ensure social distancing during these types of national examinations. So the government should postpone the JEE Mains and NEET examinations.
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