Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MP P Wilson raised the issue of challenges students face due to the NEET exam on the first day of Monday’s monsoon session, claiming that several aspirants in Tamil Nadu did not commit suicide as a competitive test postponed.
Wilson claimed that people think that the NEET exam to qualify for admission to medical colleges across India benefits the students on the CBSE board of directors. “Just yesterday we were shocked to hear that three aspirants between the ages of 19 and 21 ended their own lives in the Madurai, Dharmapuri and Namakkal districts of Tamil Nadu because they feared they would fail on NEET exams” said Wilson. He claimed that 14 young Tamil Nadu students took their own lives for fear that they would fail the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) held across the country on Sunday. “Now that the above changes are in place and NEET is in place, there is a feeling across the country that NEET is not only giving the upper hand to students studying in CBSE schools, but is also very detrimental to economically weaker sections of society is, “said Wilson. On the first day of the monsoon session, DMK MPs protested against the NEET test and the recently introduced national education policy on the premises of parliament.
DMK MPs TR Balu, Tiruchi Siva and Kanimozhi as well as others wore masks when they protested against NEET.
Speaking to reporters, DMK’s chairman in Rajya Sabha Tiruchi Siva said that poor and rural students had a disadvantage in the NEET exam this year because they were unable to receive coaching due to the coronavirus pandemic. He also claimed that many students in Tamil Nadu committed suicide because they feared they would not qualify for the selection test.
The DMK has also applied for an adjournment in the Lok Sabha because of the “suicide of students due to NEET in Tamil Nadu”.
According to the National Testing Agency (NTA), the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) took place on Sunday, and nearly 90 percent of students took part. Many students had requested that the exam be postponed due to the disruption caused by the pandemic.