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It is no doubt that health and safety is the topmost priority of every individual amid the soaring numbers of COVID-19 in the country. Education Minister, Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, also gave a statement that the health of students is the top priority for the government. Considering the growing numbers of COVID-19 cases, and the extended lockdowns, NEET 2020 was postponed. From 1st week of May to 26th July 2020. Check NEET 2002 Revised Exam Dates
But the numbers in major metropolitan cities of India primarily – Mumbai and Delhi, have increased exponentially. This has made parents even more concerned about the safety of their children and their own. With these concerns, many parents have written to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) to postpone the NEET 2020 and JEE Main 2020. Both the exams are conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) which comes directly under government.
No Response on NEET by Govt
After the cancellation of CBSE and ICSE Boards, students and parents have been waiting for a response from MHRD on the status of NEET 2020. On one hand, the exam is a deciding factor for the career of students, they are consistently in opposition to conducting the exams. Students are replying to Mr Pokhriyal and NTA with hashtags such as #NoExamsInCovid and #HealthOverNEETJEE.
Meanwhile, in a recent interview of Mr Pokhriyal by Zee News, he stated that there is no decision on change of dates for either NEET 2020 or JEE exams. A further change will depend on the severity of the situation.
Multiple Obstacles Faced
Students are citing multiple reasons for their inability to attempt the exam. Several students travel to exam centres using public transport as they do not have a private vehicle. Full lockdown imposed in the containment zones will be a hindrance. Similarly, a few students stranded abroad due to some reason cannot travel back due to international travel restrictions. There are several similar issues related to mental and physical health.
As per the reports, a large number of concerned parents have written to the Ministry of Health, requesting the cancellation of exams or postponement. NEET 2020 is scheduled for last week of July. The release of the NEET 2020 Admit Card is expected for the second week of July 2020. Mute response from the government has made students and parents even more worried. Students will be exposed in large crowds which will directly threaten the health of the whole family. Meanwhile, schools and colleges are to remain shut till July 31 as per Unlock 2.0 guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs. A varying response from various departments of the government is making students even more anxious.