Last updated on June 23rd, 2020
A large number of students, parents and guardians have been requesting National Testing Agency (NTA) and HRD Ministry for the postponement of JEE Main exam dates. The Supreme Court’s hearing is scheduled for Tuesday (23rd June) over a petition filed by parents. They are requesting the government to cancel the class 12th CBSE examinations. After the central govt’s reply, the HRD Ministry and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare might be pushing the JEE Main and other exam dates further upon reviewing the prevailing situation of the COVID crisis.
Meanwhile, students and meme pages started trending #NoExamsInCovid on Twitter. A large number of students from class 10th, 12th and even college students are requesting authorities to either cancel the exams or push the exam dates further. The National Students Union of India supported this trend and has already made a breakthrough. Madhya Pradesh government has allowed general promotion of UG and PG students of state government colleges.
Exams are supposed to evaluate students based on what they have learnt during their classes.
If students haven’t been able to attend the classes, especially online classes, how is examination justified ?#NoExamsInCovid
— NSUI (@nsui) June 22, 2020
मेरे बच्चों #COVID19 से उत्पन्न विपरीत परिस्थितियों में मैंने आपके हित में कुछ फैसले किये हैं। स्नातक प्रथम एवं द्वितीय वर्ष तथा स्नातकोत्तर द्वितीय सेमेस्टर के परीक्षार्थियों को गत वर्ष/सेमेस्टर या आंतरिक मूल्यांकन के आधार पर अगली कक्षा या सेमेस्टर में प्रवेश दिया जायेगा।
— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) June 22, 2020
There has been a chorus of voices amid the COVID-19 crisis on conducting exams. Previously, hashtags like #HealthOverExams and #StudentsLivesMatter has been trending on Twitter too. The trend picked up pace when upon the reports of the apex court’s hearing of the petition filed by parents. While some students are worried about the spread of Coronavirus upon conducting the exam at large, some are under mental pressure due to families being treated with COVID-19. There are multiple students who have someone close in their family being treated for COVID-19 which has hampered their studies.
Father of my friend in varanasi has been tested +ve for covid-19.He is also preparing for neet exams.Only him and his mother are there in the house,how is it possible to study after such issues?
Please grant equal opportunity to each one of us.#postponeneet #HealthOverNEETjee
— Dipu Singh (@DipuSin09955727) June 23, 2020
Almost every tweet of Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, the Education Minister of India, gathers replies on postponing the JEE Main 2020, NEET 2020 and other exams. The JEE Main exam is currently scheduled for 18th to 23rd July 2020 which is still a month away. The number of COVID-19 cases in India has recently crossed 4.4 lacs with each successive day breaking the record of the daily cases.