“It is not enough to snatch the medical dream of poor students, they are now trying to snatch the very opportunity of a degree.
The announcement puts every student in a position where they have to spend millions to set foot in college”, slams the Tamil Nadu based organisation State Platform for Public School System.
The statement issued by the General Secretary of the organization Prince Gajendra Babu today: “The National Testing Agency (NTA) has issued the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) for the 2021-2022 academic year.
It has also been mentioned that this exam can also be taken for all medical undergraduate students including Siddha, Ayurveda and Bachelor of Nursing – B.Sc Nursing – B.Sc., Biology – B.Sc. Life Science and so on. Life sciences (Life Science) includes sections for various degree courses, including zoology and botany.
The National Education Policy 2020 states that schools will be reduced to job placement centres and that only the NEET will be the only way of eligibility for all undergraduate courses”. He also condemns the Government of Tamil Nadu for not having clarified its stance in this regard.
He further states that the implications of National Education Policy 2020 have not been fully debated in both the Houses of Parliament and the state Assemblies. “NEET is not recommended by any panel of experts. NEET is against the purpose and sections of the Constitution of India.
It is not enough to snatch the medical dream of rural students, they are now trying to snatch the college dream. The announcement puts every student in a position where they have to spend millions to set foot in college. In a context where the Tamil Nadu school education minister has said that the state government does not have enough trained teachers to deal with the NEET exam for medical admissions, it is now going against social justice and equal learning opportunity for all undergraduate and postgraduate courses”.
He also insists that this entrance exam is a way to snatch away the opportunity from the marginalized people, especially women, including backward, very backward, scheduled caste, tribal students to pursue higher studies after class 12. He further adds, “The hard work of countless martyrs, including Ayodhya Pandit, Mahatma Jyotirao Phule, Periyar, Ambedkar, Comrade Singaravelar would go waste if the centre tries to curb the opportunity of higher education from the rural students and we cannot allow that to happen.
The people of Tamil Nadu must reject such an anti-people policy. The ultimately sovereign Indian people give sovereignty to the state they choose by their vote in the election. People need to realize this greatness of democracy and use their votes to reject NEET. Democracy is the rule of the people by the people, for the people.
The people should elect representatives who uphold such democratic values and are concerned with the welfare of the people. The NTA must withdraw the “NEET” notice for the 2021-22 academic year. Admission to all undergraduate courses for the 2021-2022 academic year must be based on a high school assessment.
In order to safeguard the educational interests of Tamil Nadu students, the Government of Tamil Nadu should suspend all its activities until after the Assembly elections so that the next sitting of Assembly will have a full debate on the National Education Policy 2020. The resulting curfew has created an environment in which the full learning process is unlikely to occur throughout an academic year. In view of this, the State Platform for Public Schools urges the Central Government to take immediate action to withdraw the notice of “NEET” issued by the NTA during this period of State Assembly elections”.