Greta Thunberg, the global icon and the Climate activist today backed-up the nationwide “postpone JEE NEET” movement saying that holding exams during the pandemic and extreme floods were “deeply unfair” to all students.
Greta Thunberg who has 4.1 million followers on Twitter wrote, “I stand with their call to #PostponeJEE_NEETinCOVID”. The hashtag “MODIJI_POSTPONEJEENEET” was already trending on twitter.
The climate activist got responses from many young men and women across the globe. However, she also faced a lot of backlash for her stand.
Recently after the announcement of IIT and Medical examinations to be held amid the outbreak, people have been constantly complaining about the risks and parents also highlighted how they have been badly hurt by the floods that affected many states. States that were deeply hit by floods were Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
Various politicians of different parties also demanded the postponing of exams not only because of the unsafety due to the coronavirus but also because it was unjust given the floods.
“Students and parents are under enormous mental stress. Considering the current restrictions on public transportation, the allotted exam centres are not uniformly accessible to all aspirants,” DMK chief MK Stalin said in a letter to Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal.
Former Union Education Minister and senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal had also made similar arguments saying such an approach towards education was “elitist”.
However, the education ministry denied postponing of exams which are supposed to be held in the first half of September. Filed petitions demanding the postponing of exams were also rejected by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court said that life cannot be stopped.
JEE, NEET exams were supposed to held in May, but they were postponed seeing the nationwide lockdown. However, in May, coronavirus cases were few.