Swedish teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg put her weight on Tuesday to postpone NEET and JEE exams in India amid coronavirus. She said it was “deeply unfair” for students to be asked to take crucial tests during the pandemic.
Several students and political leaders across the country, including Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee and DMK President M K Stalin, have urged the central government to postpone the exam until the spread of COVID-19 is brought under control.
Thunberg spoke out in favor of the postponement of the most important national exams and went to Twitter. This is deeply unfair for the students.
“It is deeply unfair that Indian students are being asked to take national exams during the Covid-19 pandemic and that millions have been affected by the extreme flooding. I stand by your call to #PostponeJEE_NEETinCOVID,” she said in a tweet.
In the meantime, the 17-year-old Thunberg has returned to school after a one-year break.
“My school year is over and it feels great to be back in school!” She wrote on Instagram, where she also posted a photo of herself with a school bag and a bike.
The Swedish government approved the opening of high school classes this week.
Thunberg has become a leading voice for action against climate change, inspiring millions of students to join protests around the world. She was named Time Magazine Person of the Year in 2019.
Two years ago she started missing classes on most Fridays to protest in front of the Swedish parliament building in what turned out to be the start of a huge environmental movement.
The chorus for postponing the various exams, including NEET and JEE, got louder on Sunday. Over 4,000 students watched a day-long hunger strike to push demand amid rising COVID-19 cases.
The protest came on a day when Gandhi said the government must listen to the students’ “man ki baat” and come to an “acceptable solution,” and his party called for the National Aptitude Test (NEET) and Joint Entrance Examination (JEE )) are postponed.
According to the left-wing All India Students Association (AISA), more than 4,200 students watched the one-day hunger strike in their respective homes and demanded the cancellation of the CBSE division exams of grades 10 and 12, as well as entrance exams such as UGC-NET, CLAT, NEET and JEE are postponed.
Aspirants appear in the JEE for admission to leading engineering schools and in the NEET for medical undergraduate courses.
The JEE (Main) takes place between September 1st and 6th, the JEE (Advanced) on September 27th. NEET takes place on September 13th.
With 60,975 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in one day, the COVID-19 number in India rose to 31,67,323 on Tuesday, while the recovery rate rose to 24,04,585 and the recovery rate, according to the Union Ministry of Health rose to 75.92 percent.
The death toll rose to 58,390, with 848 deaths reported within 24 hours.