We have been receiving complaints from across India from parents and students for conducting JEE AND NEET University Exams in September during this pandemic situation when the cases are rising daily and due to lack of medical facility citizens are not getting proper treatment and even beds in Hospital.
WHO has also acknowledged emerging evidence on airborne spread of COVID -19 which is a very serious concern and will spread very fast in a public place.
Parents are very worried as cases are rising and proper medical facility is also not available so they are very stressed as to how to visit the examination center during such situation for appearing for the exam. The situation is very alarming and getting worse day by day and any such decision will put life of lakhs of students under risk .
In containment zone and non-containment zone also it is not possible practically to conduct exams with the rising COVID-19 cases.
Students will be under a lot of stress during the exam and will be mentally and physically harassed.
The recent MHA Guidelines dt 31/07/2020 also has suggested to keep the educational institutions shut till 31st August and there is no clarity if the exams are going to be conducted or not.
In this situation of COVID -19 , it is not a feasible option for students to sit and give exams (there are some reports that the virus is even airborne)
Many of the students have returned to their hometowns in different states,so travelling back to the states to give exams would not only endanger their lives, but their parents lives too.
Non-availability of safe public transports to get to the examination halls - not everyone can afford to rent a cab to give the exams daily . Right now students are safe as they are at home. The moment they will be exposed, chances of getting an infection are very high due to Covid 19 being airborne.
It is to be asked as to who will take responsibility if anything happens to any student as parents will have to run from pillar to post to get the children treated in the Hospital.
The SC has also taken suo moto cognizance and issued notice to some states seeking status report of Hospital Infrastructure. So students in these states will suffer due to overburdened medical infrastructure if anything happens to them. Moreover, Indian Railways has also issued a notification for suspension of central railways and travelling in public transport will be very risky for these students.
Students are mentally and physically not prepared for these exams.
SOME OF THE ISSUES STUDENTS ARE FACING
The student community have a say in the matters concerning them.
The following concerns the same about the demands of students appearing for JEE and NEET, 2020:
Well, first of all we want to make our stand clear-
We saw quite a few exams being conducted amidst this pandemic and the results were a disaster (as expected). Following are some visuals that will explain why we students have been right all along:
The above pictures are just a few examples of the ground reality SOP in exams, namely SSLC, RBSE, KCET, IIITH-UGEE,KEAM
Following are the media reports showing how these exams were not at all successful:
The above reports clearly indicate how the mishaps deliberately resulted in disaster when the simply could've been avoided, had the authorities been not adamant to conduct the exams while the situation was worsening.
The students demand two things:
I therefore request the Govt on behalf of Parents and students to kindly review the current situation in the interest of lakhs of students from across India before the admit cards are issued so that students can plan accordingly
I would request MHA also to give clarity if the exams are going to be conducted or not as the same has not been clarified in their recent Notification dt 31/07/2020 as there is an emerging evidence on airborne spread of COVID 19 as acknowledged by WHO and also Community spread as told by IMA.
I would also request HRD minister to discuss with all the concerned authorities NTA JEE NEET for conducting Exams
I request the Govt to not conduct Exam during such pandemic situation and postpone it till the situation is normal Saving life of students is more important right now .
Anubha Shrivastava Sahai is an advocate and child-rights activists, and also the President of India Wide Parents Association. She tweets @anubha1812