Students, parents protest Centre's bid to rejig NEET syllabus less than 100 days before exam
NEW DELHI: The students, parents and teachers from various parts of the country have written to the Union government against its decision to rejig the syllabus for the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) less than 100 days before the examination.
Prakash Javadekar, in an interview with The New Indian Express on Wednesday, had said that from this year all-state syllabi will be taken into consideration while preparing examination papers for NEET- the test for entrance into MBBS and dental courses in the country.
This, the minister, had said was being done in the wake of protests by some states, as students belonging to state boards feel at a disadvantage because NEET syllabus is based on the Central Board of Secondary Education pattern.
Hundreds of aspiring medical practitioners and their guardians are now saying that the Centre’s decision to make significant changes in the syllabus is "politically motivated” and it has created “panic and confusion" in their minds.
"I suspect that the government has now come up with the idea to please some student groups and political parties in southern states, particularly Tamil Nadu which had seen strong anti-NEET protests last year," said Amit Gupta, a teacher in Kota, Rajasthan who had last year challenged the Centre’s decision to fix an upper age limit for NEET aspirants in the Supreme Court.
He added, "While curricula in few states is based on CBSE pattern, syllabi of states like West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra are up to 40 per cent different and if all those different portions will be taken into account for NEET papers—most students, even non-CBSE ones, will be in for a major shock."
The CBSE is likely to organise NEET-undergraduate in the first week of May and notification is likely by month-end. Last year, about 12 lakh students had taken up the test across India.
A group of parents from Maharashtra on Friday shot a letter to Javadekar asking him to retract his decision.
"Students have been working hard for last two years and have been following the NCERT books as per the CBSE syllabus..any changes at this hour will lead to increased stress and chaos among students as students might to be required to study new topics..we, therefore, pray to the government to stick to its stand of one nation, one syllabus, one examination," a letter signed by about 100 guardians read.
Many others wrote to the HRD ministry and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on various social media platforms to express their displeasure over the government’s change of stance over NEET syllabus.
"Respected PMji, regarding the education minister's announcement of replacing NEET syllabus with the State Syllabi-new rules must be implemented at the beginning of the 11th std (sic). With only 3 months to go, it is too late for the students to study something new all over again," tweeted Smita Sanghvi, a parent of a NEET aspirant.
A senior official in the HRD ministry, however, said that one possible option to avoid introducing major changes in NEET syllabus is possible by basing it only on the common portion of all curricula.
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