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The mandatory implementation of NEET sparked off protests across the country. Students voice their dissent

The mandatory implementation of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in all states of India, led to extreme outrage in Tamil Nadu due to the Supreme Court’s verdict of making NEET binding to the state despite unremitting disapproval from the state government that demanded an exemption from this educational reform.

Out of control

The situation went out of control when thousands of students were robbed of their aim of studying medical science from good government universities because of their inability to score in NEET, even after fetching exemplary marks in their class XII board exams. They couldn’t score in NEET as the examination is said to be based on the curriculum of Central Board of School Examination (CBSE). The suicide of 17-year-old medical aspirant Anita is an example of the anguish of Indian students who have fallen prey to the education System. A topper in school, Anitha had set her goals on top medical universities of India until NEET was implemented.

Several students protest against the Supreme Court verdict. Honeyshaya Raj from Miranda House, a member of the protest held at Delhi University, said, “NEET will we a dampener on the dreams of many students as not all of them have the economic means to spend lakhs on NEET coaching classes. The current level of state board education is inefficient for the students of Tamil Nadu to appear for NEET.”

On being asked if implementation of CBSE will solve the matter, she said, “CBSE is an urban elite board that is unaffordable for students around the nation except for those in cities such as Delhi and Hyderabad. The failing infrastructure and lacking education make it necessary for the government to think about every student of this nation.”

However, other protesters are not against the imposition of NEET. According to Mohan Prasad JS, pursuing B.Com (H) from SRCC, “The fight is not against NEET but its sudden imposition. The government should work towards equality before expansion. Equal opportunities of quality education should be provided to students at the school level before the implementation of NEET in Tamil Nadu.”

He further believes that a demand across the nation is to organise a common educational board for all states for the successful implementation of NEET. “The central government should work in cognisance with the state government instead of the reckless imposition of laws in an important field of education where thousands of careers are at stake.”

Arun Oly, a student of Bhartiya Vidhya Bhawan, Tamil Nadu, said, “There is a reason why education is under the concurrent list. Every state has its own challenges to face and therefore, the method of evaluating diverse students with a single yardstick is inappropriate.”

Lack of transparency in NEET and an absence of a fair selection criterion have resulted in the dwindling trust of thousands of medical aspirants.

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Printable version | Jan 27, 2020 11:35:11 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/education/not-a-neet-move/article19697820.ece

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