Tamil actor Suriya Shivakumar, in a letter on behalf of his NGO Agaram Foundation, said the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) was against the interest of students and should be canceled. He demanded on Twitter that the medical entrance test be against marginalized communities and government school students.
The letter was submitted by the foundation to a high-level panel headed by Judge AK Rajan, which was headed by T.N. Appointed by the government to study the impact of NEET on medical admissions in the state. The panel will also study the impact of NEET on marginal students and government school students.
In the letter, Shivakumar said, “It is imperative that the government and change makers be properly informed about the concerns that arise in exams like NEET, if such general exams cannot ruin the future of our children.”
“For a country like India that has diversity in language and culture, it is only appropriate if the education system is in the hands of its state. Through this, we can find a lasting solution. I urge all political parties in the state to work together to make education a state responsibility and right. “He added.
He also wrote that government and government-aided schools are the only viable source of education for backward communities. In the letter, the actor added that 0% of the marginalized students and 5% of the students studying in government aided schools in Tamil Nadu get higher education.
General exams like NEET deprive students from a marginalized community of getting a good education. The actor wrote that those who dream of becoming doctors will be severely crippled by the implementation of NEET.
Earlier, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to cancel the NEET 2021 exam due to the epidemic. The exam is scheduled for August 1, however, the application form has not been released yet.
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