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Students Want JEE Main Postponed, Education Minister Says No Change In Dates

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COVID-19 is not going to slow down anytime soon. Daily new cases reached a new high of close to 20,000 recently. Considering the risks, CBSE cancelled the boards for Class 10th and 12th. CTET (Central Teacher Eligibility Test) has also been postponed until an unannounced date. For class 12th boards, it has been clarified that students will have the option to take the cancelled exams to improve their score. However, CBSE shall conduct the exams only when the conditions are favourable. Students are asking to consider this as a precedent and postpone JEE Main 2020 as well.

Each and every tweet by Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and National Testing Agency (NTA) is flooded with replies requesting postponement of JEE Main 2020 and NEET (UG) 2020. On 26th June 2020, in an interview with Zee News, Mr Pokhriyal stated that JEE Main 2020 is scheduled for 18th to 23rd July only. Any further decision on the dates of JEE Main will be taken in accordance with the circumstances in future. This statement comes when there is less than a month left for JEE Main 2020 amid the rising coronavirus cases. Meanwhile, students are still tweeting with hashtags #NoExamsInCovid and #PostponeJEE

Students and parents are concerned about their safety as the coronavirus poses a great risk of infection in large crowds. Moreover, some students have lost their family members to this disease. This has affected the mental health of students and they are not in a position to attempt the exam due to stress or depression. MHRD and NTA have not issued any clarification or any official announcement on the dates of JEE Main 2020. All social media channels are being used to seek answers from the authorities regarding postponing the aforesaid exam to safeguard students from the fatal COVID-19.

It is to be noted that around 11 lakh candidates have registered for JEE Main 2020 which will be conducted in 233 cities and in over 2000 exam centres. Although the exam is scheduled under various shifts over a period of one week, a large gathering of students can post a great risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus. The bigger risk is infection from children to their parents as COVID-19 is more fatal in older aged patients.

Currently, JEE Main has been postponed by over 3 months from April to July 2020 amid the outbreak of COVID-19. Along with this, JEE Advanced 2020 was also postponed and is now scheduled for 23rd August 2020. Postponing the second session of JEE Main 2020 poses questions over the validity of the January session of JEE Main as well. Students are worried about their health, but what could be the outcome of losing 1 year of education?


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