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India NEET, JEE exams: 'Conducting these exams will be a giant mistake'

October 12, 2020

Original Article: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-53887701

Two competitive tests that determine the fate of millions of India's students every year are at the centre of a growing controversy.

Many students want the exams, scheduled for September, postponed due to fears over rising Covid-19 case numbers.

They have taken to social media to protest, and some even petitioned the Supreme Court to intervene.  But the National Testing Agency (NTA), which conducts the exams, has so far refused to reschedule them.

And the Supreme Court dismissed the students' plea, saying that "ultimately life has to go on and the career of the students cannot be put on peril for long and a full academic year cannot be wasted".

Students continue to protest on Twitter and other social media platforms - on Monday, more than 4,000 called for a day-long hunger strike online. #PostponeJEEAndNEET and #StudentsLivesMatter have been trending on Twitter.
 

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