Climate activist Greta Thunberg calls JEE, NEET exams amid Covid-19 ‘unfair’ for Indian students
NEET and JEE Main entrance examination 2020 are scheduled for September 2020. The Supreme Court of India has rejected the plea to postpone the entrance examinations any further.
On Tuesday, Greta Thunberg Swedish teen climate activist tweeted, “It’s deeply unfair that students of India are asked to sit national exams during the Covid-19 pandemic and while millions have also been impacted by the extreme floods. I stand with their call to #PostponeJEE_NEETinCOVID.”
She added that millions have been affected owing to floods in Bihar, Gujarat and Assam hence, called for the postponement of NEET 2020 and JEE Main 2020 entrance exams.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday convened a meeting with the chief ministers of seven states to discuss issues regarding the same.
Problems of students, exams being dealt uncaringly, said Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Announcements such as those related to the National Education Policy should really worry us as it is actually a setback. Other problems of students and exams are also being dealt with uncaringly, said Gandhi.
Actor Sonu Sood has come out in support of students joining the chorus for deferring the NEET medical entrance exam and the JEE for admission to the IITs amid the coronavirus pandemic. He said, “We have to support these students. 26 lakh students are going to appear in these exams.”
“Give them a window of two month. We need to postpone the exams till November-December. Students can take the exams when they are mentally prepared,” Sood said.
He further added, “I am also an engineer. I believe that it is very important for the country to have a new breed of these young people who are going to take over a lot of departments.”