On Wednesday, Manish Sisodia, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Delhi’s Education Minister restated that NEET and JEE exams should be postponed and he again asked the Central government to work on other ways for selecting students.
“They (Centre) are saying protocols will be followed. Following the same protocols that the Centre wants 28 lakh students to follow, lakhs of Indians have tested positive,” Sisodia told reporters.
He said that despite staying in a very safe environment, the Union Home Minister along with many other ministers tested positive for the coronavirus.
Manish Sisodia added that despite precautions if top leaders can contract coronavirus then how can we be sure that 28 lakh students will not be getting coronavirus.
He appealed to the government to not fix themselves for getting students via these exams only. He added that the year should not be declared as a 0 academic year.
“We are not in favour of admitting students just like that as we will need quality doctors and engineers but banking upon only a three hour exam and expecting it to work like a magic wand in identifying talent, is a very conservative thought,” he added.
Earlier several opposition leaders have demanded the exams to be postponed or get cancelled.
Greta Thunberg, the global icon and the Climate activist also 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”.
Last week Supreme Court dismissed the pleas regarding the postponement of NEET and JEE exams amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Supreme Court said that life must go on.
In total 9.53 lakh, candidates have registered for JEE and for NEET, 15.97 lakh students have registered.
Increasing the number of examination centres, alternate seating plan, fewer candidates per room and staggered entry and exit are among the steps the National Testing Agency will take for safely conducting NEET and JEE in September.