Amid a growing clamour around postponement of the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), now Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has come forward in support of students. Also Read - NEET, JEE 2020 Latest Update: 'Unsafe And Perilous For Students to Visit Test Centres', Another CM Urges Centre to Postpone Entrance Exams
Saying that it is unfair for students to appear for exams in the middle of a global pandemic, she also mentioned that the students of India have been deeply impacted by the floods that hit states like Bihar and Assam.
Demanding the postponement of exams in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, she tweeted “It’s deeply unfair that students of India are asked to sit for national exams during the Covid-19 pandemic and while millions have also been impacted by the extreme floods. I stand with their call to #PostponeJEE_NEETinCOVID.”
Many students appreciated her concern towards them and expressed gratitude, however, some others trolled her for not attending school.
Notably, Greta had taken a year off campaigning to curb climate change, however, on Tuesday, she announced that her gap year was over and she will be returning to school.
“My gap year from school is over, and it feels so great to finally be back in school again!” the 17-year-old tweeted, attaching a smiling photo of herself with a schoolbag on her back and her hands resting on a bicycle.
Meanwhile, demand for postponement of these exams is going global as another climate change activists Vanessa Nakate had also tweeted and asked the government to postpone them.
The Supreme Court of India, on August 17, had dismissed a petition that sought the postponement of these examinations, considering a rise in COVID cases.
Students, parents and leaders across the country are protesting against the National Testing Agency’s decision to conduct these exams, but to no avail. Mamata Banerjee, Naveen Patnaik, Subramanian Swamy, Aaditya Thackeray, DMK President MK Stalin are some politicians who have raised their voice against the exam.
The National Testing Agency (NTA) has announced that the JEE (Main) will be held from September 1 to 6 and NEET (UG) on September 13. Around 25 lakh students are expected to sit for this year’s exam.