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COVID-19 has stopped students from going on streets and starting a movement against conducting NEET 2020. However, these movements are now being run on the internet, as usual. With the help of twitter and facebook, students are trending the hashtag – #PostponeJEE_NEETinCovid to bring the attention of authorities. Various exams conducted recently, such as KCET had no social distancing between students even after several assurances from the authorities. 60 students who were attending this exam were found COVID-19 positive.
Social distancing norms go for a toss on the first day of Karnataka
Common Entrance Test (K-CET).
We don’t want the same fate for NEET AND JEE.
Kindly look into the matter and give a wise decision of postponing these exams. pic.twitter.com/oMOrvXZh9C
— Volvox (@Volvox66016379) July 30, 2020
The NEET 2020 is scheduled to be conducted a week after JEE Main 2020 i.e. on 13th September 2020. The date is almost 43 days away from the date of publishing this article. As of today, the number of daily COVID-19 cases in India have reached a new record of 57,000+. Within every two days, the country is adding 1 lakh cases. Many are justifying this jump due to an increase in testing in the past few days. However, it shows that the country might not be able to cover the gap of active vs recovered cases of COVID-19.
The Aam Aadmi Party, Bihar has supported students for this cause by tweeting with the hashtag.
September is going to be celebrated as ‘National Corona Spreading Month’.
Students facing mental depression so we demand further postponement of JEE, NEET exams. #PostponeJEE_NEETinCovid
— Aam Aadmi Party – Bihar (@AAPBihar) July 28, 2020
It is no doubt that the regular rise in cases has worried students and parents. UGC guidelines on conducting final year exams for colleges have already faced backlash from students. Meanwhile, Delhi University cancelled their exams until the situation was back in control. In another tweet, the National Secretary of All India Students’ Association (AISA), also tweeted in support of students.
— Sandeep Saurav (@Sandeep_Saurav_) July 31, 2020
Students have been regularly posting tweets and tagging the education minister, Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal, to postpone or even cancel the NEET 2020 exam. He has regularly ensured that health and safety of students is the first priority. Moreover, schools and colleges have been shut for another month. It is clear that the decision to postpone NEET 2020, which will have a participation of at least 15 lakh students altogether, would ensure safety of students only. Although, there has been no statements regarding postponing the medical entrance any further.