National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, NEET has again come under the scanner. In a recent hearing, the Madras High Court has said that the examination discriminates against poor people. The high court made this observation when it was brought to light that of the 3081 candidates who had qualified NEET 2019 examination from Tamil Nadu, only 48 had not availed expensive coaching classes.
Highlighting the fact that coaching classes are expensive and sometimes charging as high as Rs. 5 lakh from each student, Madras HC has noted that this makes the examination anti-poor and in turn discriminatory as poors cannot afford expensive coaching. Expressing shock at the revelation, the high court has asked centre to consider reversing it.
Addressing the central government, Madras High Court noted, “The present central govt has been reversing all schemes implemented by UPA govt. Why can't it reverse NEET as well?” Also Read | NEET 2020 to be the only medical entrance examination for next year MBBS admissions – all you need to know
Tamil Nadu government has submitted an affidavit regarding NEET coaching centres and have stated that out of 3081 students who joined MBBS this year, only 48 students haven't taken up coaching for the exam. Tamil Nadu has been asking for an exemption from NEET ever since it was made mandatory by Supreme Court in 2016, calling it unfair to students.
Judges expressed shock and opined how will poor students get NEET coaching if the private coaching centres charge up to Rs 5 lakh. The judge observed that central govt introduced NEET saying it will avoid colleges fleecing students, but now coaching centres are charging exorbitant fees.