Vaiko urged the Tamil Nadu government to conduct the public examination once the Covid-19 pandemic is brought under control and to continue the state education policy of admitting students to colleges based on board examination results.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after holding a review meeting regarding this issue on Tuesday, declared the cancellation of the board examination and said the decision has been taken in the interest and wellbeing of the students.
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However, there was no mention of NEET. It indicated that NEET would be held, said Vaiko. “If so, does the PM not care about the health of those students who are writing the (NEET) exam? Won’t they suffer from depression? Won’t students appearing for NEET contract the virus?”
Going by the Union government’s National Educational Policy, the students’ performance and marks in the board examination would not be taken into consideration for admission in colleges. It says that the results of the entrance examination conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) would be considered for admission in colleges and professional courses.
“This clearly shows that the Union government’s scheme of thinking is to do away with the board examination for higher secondary class students,” Vaiko said. He noted that it was in stark contrast to the state government’s policy of admitting students based on their performance in the Class XII board examination. Apart from this, the Tamil Nadu government is categorically against the NEET to admit students to medicine, he said. Hence, the TN government should be cautious and not fall prey to the Centre’s gimmicks.
“The TN government should announce that the public examination will be held once the pandemic brought under control. The state has a well-established infrastructure to conduct the exam,” Vaiko said.
State school education minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi on Wednesday said the state government would take a call on conducting Class XII board exams after getting feedback from teachers, parents, students, health experts and educationists in two days.