55.36% students want exams to be postponed: Ahmedabad Mirror survey

AHMEDABAD: Anxious students, a government at the Centre that refuses to budge and a joint opposition moving the Supreme Court raising health and safety concerns of the students – the controversy surrounding the Joint Entrance Exams (JEE) and the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) continues to simmer.

With just a day before JEE is scheduled (September 1) to take place, students are stressed if exams will be conducted or deferred even as India continues to register the highest single day Covid-19 cases in the world for the past few days. Ahmedabad Mirror decided to find out from the students appearing for JEE and NEET themselves what they wanted.

Mirror conducted a survey among students across the state. The participants were asked six questions (see box). As many as 616 students from over 60 schools in the state participated in the survey. Of these, 341 students said JEE/NEET should be postponed, while 275 students said that it should be held. This means 55.36 per cent students were not in favour of the exams to be held right now, while 44.64 per cent would like it to happen as scheduled.

The survey was conducted online for two days, with 365 of the participating students (an estimated 59.25%) set to appear for JEE and 251 or 40.75% set to appear for NEET. JEE starts on September 1 and will continue till September 6, while NEET is scheduled for September 13.

Responses from the students

The Mirror survey received responses from not less than 60 schools from urban as well as rural Gujarat. Some of the cities from where Mirror received responses include Ahmedabad, Surat, Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Morbi, Bharuch, Gandhinagar, Botad, JamJodhpur, Sarangpur, Kadi.

Interestingly, even students from Qatar, Bangalore, Bhopal, Kolkata and Lucknow participated in the survey. Regarding the question, why the exam should be postponed, some of the major responses ranged from fear of Covid-19 to betterment of students, wait till November as colleges will start in 2021 to life is precious.

To the question on why the exams should not be postponed, students replied that we have to learn to live with the coronavirus, exams should be held keeping in mind the students’ career, to save students from wasting one entire year, Covid-19 condition may not get better even after a month and postponing it will result in waiting for another month and that National Testing Agency (NTA) has to take all precautions as students have been preparing for the exam for the past two years.

Questions asked in the survey

1. Do you think JEE/ NEET exam should be postponed? Yes / No

2. Reasons if you think exam should be postponed?

3. Reasons if you think exam should be held

4. If your exam centre is far away from your home/ village?

5. What is the distance in km?

6. How will you travel?




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