JEE Main, NEET: Exams or Covid carriers? Students, parents prefer to boycott exams

With the Supreme Court refusing to postpone the JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020 as sought by students and parents, the National Testing Agency is going ahead with conducting these exams as scheduled in September.

But lakhs of students and parents across the country are worried over appearing for these exams at a time when corona situation is dangerous in all the states in the country.

With this, a slogan 'Boycott JEE Main, NEET' is gaining momentum across the country.

Students and parents are preferring to boycott both these exams with a fear that thousands of students and their parents converging at exam centres across the country will lead to spread of coronavirus.

Students and parents see JEE Main, NEET not as exams but as potential 'covid carriers'.

This is because, the centres for JEE Main and NEET are very limited in every state.

In each state, these exams will be held in few centres located in very few major cities.

All the students in the state have to come to these handful of centres to write exams.

Thousands of students have to spend three hours in exam centre and few hours outside the exams centres on the day of the exam.

Moreover, students and parents have to travel to major cities from their native places to appear for exams and stay in hotels, relatives, friends homes a day in advance.

All this movement would pose risk of infecting coronavirus.

In this backdrop, students and parents are preferring to boycott JEE Main, NEET and take these exams later when situation improves.

JEE Main will anyway be held twice in a year. Students prefer to take this exam in the next phase later to protect themselves from coronavirus.