Mumbai: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written a letter to PM Narendra Modi advising him to complete the terminal examinations by the end of September 2020. She claims among the rising COVID-19 numbers in the country, including the West, as a potential risk to students’ lives.
In a letter sent to the Prime Minister, Banerjee expressed her concern about the Union Ministry of Education, which is now directing the state governments to conduct the NEET and JEE entrance exam in September 2020.
In her letter dated 24 August, Mamta wrote, “We should not endanger life during a pandemic by taking such unilateral, bureaucratic decisions.”
She also said, “We are proud of our students. They are talented in these fields. The COVID-19 pandemic is on the one hand and the student community, on the other, is currently suffering greatly from mental anguish and depression. “
Now with the directive of @EduMinOfIndia to conduct NEET, JEE 2020 in Sep, I would again appeal to the Centre to assess the risk and postpone these examinations until the situation is conducive again. It is our duty to ensure a safe environment for all our students. (2/2)
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) August 24, 2020
Mamta Banerjee emphasized the apprehension of allowing students to appear physically for entrance exams, which are otherwise important in the academic progress of millions if they lead them to undisclosed health hazards due to accidental exposure to COVID-19 will go.
She has appeared before the PM for intervention and reassessment of the decision by the Union Ministry of Education. “The central government should not make a decision for which students feel aggrieved”, Mamta said in her letter that no student should be deprived of the opportunity to appear for such examinations.
Administration officials, however, ensure that they have received several requests, mostly from students seeking the chief minister’s intervention, so that the examinations can be postponed until the COVID crisis ends.
The Chief Minister claimed with equal appeal to postpone the examinations on the first day, claiming that it was the duty of the leaders to “ensure a safe environment for all our students”.