Educationists call for cancellation of JEE and NEET.
Updated: Jun 15, 2020, 08:09 IST”An examination for crores of students across the country would be highly impossible to be held safely.”
MADURAI: With rising Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu and India, educationists are calling for scrapping of all India-level entrance exams like NEET, JEE and CLAT this year for admission to colleges. They propose for an alternative assessment for providing seats to students.
“Everyone is under distress during this Covid-19 pandemic and the cases are only expected to increase in July and August. An examination for crores of students across the country would be highly impossible to be held safely. At least for this one year, the exams must be scrapped for students’ sake,” said Dr R Murali, Tamil Nadu secretary, Save Higher Education Movement. He added that students are also facing mental pressures during this pandemic.
“Postponement until Covid-19 cases come down is also not an option since it will only affect mental health of students. The students can instead be admitted based on their board exam scores in relevant subjects. It will be more appropriate to consider school board exam scores than entrance exams,” said another educationist, VJayendran Mani, president, Tirunelveli matriculation schools’ association. He suggested the normalization of board exam scores pointing to how in Kerala, engineering college admissions are made using common entrance test scores and normalized board exam scores. The normalization of board scores involves arithmetic mean and standard deviation, he said. Further, there were also calls for more priority to be given to local students for admission in colleges.