Opposition Leaders Urge Centre To Postpone NEET, JEE Exams

Leaders like Mamata Banerjee, MK Stalin and Aditya Thackeray wrote to PM Modi for postponing the NEET and JEE tests

Raghav N

August 25, 2020

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After the Supreme Court dismissed a petition to postpone the upcoming NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) and JEE (Joint Entrance Exams), scheduled for this September, several opposition leaders have written to the centre to rethink their decision. The appeal for delaying the exams was made due to the rising COVID19 infections.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote in her letter, that students are assets of the country and the decision to hold these entrance tests should be taken after assessing the risks involved.

Maharashtra minister Aditya Thackeray also wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to delay the papers and kickstart the academic calendar from January 2021.

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief MK Stalin voiced his concern over the government’s decision to stick to the original dates of the exams, citing that every student may not have accessibility to the exam locations due to the pandemic and the floods this year.

Other leaders include Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi and New Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, who advised the government to refrain from conducting the exams if students are worried. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a jibe at the Modi government, tweeting that they should listen to the students’ ‘mann ki baat’

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