Supreme Court Refuses To Postpone JEE, NEET Exams; Says ‘Life Cannot Be Stopped’
The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea registered by 11 students from 11 different states, to postpone the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains exam and NEET medical entrance exam, until the coronavirus pandemic scare doesn’t come down.
The apex court has discarded the plea, commenting that doing so (again) shall result in waste of one year for students, which is very precious.
The court had already postponed the JEE (Main) exam for September 1-6, while September 13 for NEET medical entrance exam.
What Was the Plea About?
11 students filed a petition in the SC, asking the authorities to defer the current exam schedule and conduct it only after normalcy is restored, post the pandemic.
The petitioning students also asked the authorities to increase the number of examination centres.
They have requested the authorities to take into consideration the predicament of lakhs of students from Assam, Bihar and north eastern states, which are going through intense flood troubles, not being able to conduct exams offline.
What has the SC Commented?
The SC said that it cannot jeopardise the career opportunities of lakhs of students, for the country’s two most coveted entrance examinations.
Justice Arun Mishra of Supreme Court commented that education needs to be opened up and life must move on.
He doesn’t want students to waste one whole year and asked them to move on with complete safeguards.
“Are students ready to waste one whole year? Education should be opened up. Covid may continue for a year more. Are you going to wait another year? Do you know what the loss to the country and peril to the students is?”
Tushar Mehta, the Solicitor General representing the National Testing Agency (NTA), assured the bench that they will take all the precautionary steps and safeguards, while conducting the examinations.