After an online meeting on Wednesday, the Congress has said that it will hold nationwide protests on Friday against the centre’s move to conduct NEET, JEE Exams amid the coronavirus crisis.
“In line with concerted opposition to this mindless and dictatorial move of the central government, Congress will be holding protests on Friday at 11 am in front of central government offices at state and district headquarters. They will oppose the decision of the government to hold these exams during the pandemic,” Congress general secretary KC Venugopal said in a statement.
“While holding exams during Covid crisis has put students in a state of extreme mental stress, the grim flood situation in states like Assam and Bihar will further put students from those states at a severe disadvantage,” Mr Venugopal said.
The meeting was held between party leaders like Sonia Gandhi and Mamta Banerjee wherein they highlighted concerns like lack of transportation and safety that students will be exposed to if the exams are conducted as of now.
Mamata Banerjee even suggested moving to the Supreme Court to seek a reversal of government decision.
The Centre has said that it has taken the decision on the request of parents and students who do not want to lose an academic year. The National Testing Agency that conducts key entrance exams in the country has also backed the centre’s decision as an attempt “to save one academic year”.
NTA is concerned that if these key exams are not conducted, it would put students of government colleges at a disadvantage as private college students have already started an online module.
Meanwhile, as many as 100 academicians have written to PM Modi echoing in favour of conducting JEE and NEET next month.
“Like every year, this time also, millions of students have passed Class 12 exams and are now waiting at home eager to take the next step. The government has declared its decision to conduct the JEE and the NEET… We wholeheartedly welcome this move,” said the letter signed by over 100 academicians.
Well, only if protesting on roads in huge numbers won’t help coronavirus spread then it is the right solution.