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Thursday, 23 February 2017

Politicization of NEET in Maharashtra

 

The state governments still don’t know the way, to swallow the pill of NEET (national eligibility entrance test) that the Supreme Court gives them some weeks before. The states where the BJP is in government especially in Maharashtra facing severe pressure from the public due the central government takes to favor the central test for admission in medical colleges.

In Maharashtra, millions of students will try their luck in 24th July test, for which they don’t know how to prepare as there is wide difference between the syllabus of central education board and different states education curriculum.

In Maharashtra, the state government has filed a review petition to exempt the state just for this year as students can’t prepare according to the central board syllabus in short span of time. However, the lawmen have an opinion that Maharashtra government is fighting the loosed battle in the field. The Supreme Court will likely to give decision again in the side of central government because after the decision of proper bench of Supreme Court, the petition did not seem possible to hold.

In Maharashtra, the issue has taken the political color and regional parties are trying to take benefit from the situation. The hardcore Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray has asked the prime minister to intervene and look into the demands of students otherwise they have to do suicides.

He asked the government to issue an ordinance to stop the implementation of the Supreme Court order in the state. He said that otherwise the students who aspire to get admission in medical colleges would have no way except to kill themselves just like the farmers did. He requested the PM Modi to intervene immediately in the situation and solve this. He also called this NEET exam as a step to make educational boards redundant.


After the ruling by the top court, the regional political parties are arguing that students who pass out from state boards in vernacular languages and especially those belong to remote areas can’t perform well in the central entrance test despite if they are competitive enough to do so. Some members of parliaments have also asked the government to issue the ordinance to halt the NEET in states.


On the issue, the union health minister JP Nadda will also hold the meeting with the education minister of the states that are protesting against the test. The Maharashtra education minister said that in the meeting, the difficulty of the test and the aspect to take the test in regional languages will be taken into account.

The centre government is also thinking to issue a notification of NEET after the decision by the Supreme Court. The state government is going to start helping coaching classes’ for the students and lectures will be telecast in the Doordarshan and private channel along with YouTube and mobile applications, from May 19, 2017. This is short term solution and cannot help the students on the real grounds.

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