As the demand to postpone the JEE Main and NEET 2020 exam builds on, NTA officials once again said that the entrance exams would be conducted as per the schedule. Students and parents have been using social media to necessitate postponement of the exams, along with several opposition parties following the chorus.
NEET-JEE aspirants are worried about their health & future.
They have genuine concerns of:
– fear of Covid19 infection
– transport & lodging during pandemic
– flood-mayhem in Assam & Bihar.
GOI must listen to all stakeholders & find an acceptable solution.#AntiStudentModiGovt
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 26, 2020
NTA clarified that the exams would be conducted on Tuesday as per the schedule, and the safety of students is its priority. The official said that NTA would raise the number of exam centers and accommodate fewer students in a room to maintain physical distancing during the exam. Along with it, a staggered entry and exit strategy will be executed, and alternative seating arrangements will be made.
Several opposition parties, including Congress, AAP, Trinamool Congress, and DMK, have demanded the postponement of the exams. Meanwhile, ANI reports that Sonia Gandhi will hold a virtual meeting with all the CMs of states that are ruled by Congress today to discuss the JEE Main and NEET exams issue.
JEE Main and NEET exams are scheduled to be conducted in September. The exam schedule was designed to be completed in April and May but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. JEE Main will be conducted from September 1 to September 6, and NEET UG 2020 is scheduled for September 13.
Students have been asserting that the conducting exams amid the pandemic is unsafe for them. They have also highlighted the lack of transportation facilities due to the pandemic. This will make it challenging for students to reach the centre, particularly in states like Bihar, where there are just two exam centres for NEET.
The government and NTA have repeatedly said that conducting the exams is essential as students might lose a year due to further postponement. They have also guaranteed that strict COVID-19 precautions will be taken at all centers.