Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday urged the Centre to consider students’ concerns and postpone the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) exams which are scheduled to take place in September. “GOI must listen to the #StudentsKeMannKiBaat about NEET, JEE exams and arrive at an acceptable solution,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
“The COVID-19 situation in the country is yet to normalise. In such a situation, if students who are taking NEET and JEE, and their parents have raised concerns, then these should be taken into consideration by the government and those conducting these exams,” Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted in Hindi.
There have been increased demands from several students and parents to postpone the exams due to increasing numbers of coronavirus cases in the country. The hashtag #SATYAGRAH_AgainstExamsInCovid was trending on Twitter on Sunday, with students demanding the government to postpone the exams.
The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea seeking postponement of JEE (Main) April 2020 and NEET-Undergraduate examinations.
The apex court said the precious year of students “cannot be wasted” and life has to go on amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The JEE (Main) is scheduled to be held between September 1 and 6 while the JEE (Advanced) on September 27. The NEET will be held on September 13.
The Education Ministry officials on Friday had said the entrance exams will be held in September as scheduled.