THE DEVELOPMENTS on the issue of the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) found their way into the Lok Sabha Friday as MPs from both sides of the political divide demanded that the scheduled May 1 exam be postponed.
Members from the BJP, Congress, Shiv Sena and other smaller parties said the exam on May 1, being held as the first phase of NEET, would leave aspirants with almost no time to prepare. They demanded that the exam be held on July 24, the scheduled date for the second phase of the exam.
“This affects the lives of lakhs of children. Students would be in great stress due to this decision. I would appeal to the government to combine the two tests and hold a single test on July 24,” BJP MP Jagdambika Pal said during Zero Hour. Many BJP MPs seconded him.
Congress MP Rajiv Satav said the government should find legal recourse to ensure that the new system is implemented from 2018, which will give states “two years’ time to prepare for it”.
Satav said if a legal remedy is not found then the government should at least allow all aspirants to appear on July 24 so that students get some time to prepare.
Shiv Sena’s Arvind Sawant said students from various state education boards — as opposed to CBSE — might benefit from getting some more time to prepare for the test.
Satav said 80 per cent of the students of Maharashtra would be adversely affected by this decision.