Tamil Nadu against Centre's decision to conduct NEET exam, says state education minister KA Sengottiyan

Speaking to reporters, Sengottiyan said that Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami has requested the Centre to exempt students from the state from writing the entrance exam

Press Trust of India September 12, 2020 17:16:48 IST
Tamil Nadu against Centre's decision to conduct NEET exam, says state education minister KA Sengottiyan

File image of Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami. PTI

Erode: The Tamil Nadu government is against the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and has been urging the Centre to exempt the state from the test, state school education minister KA Sengottiyan said on Saturday.

The minister's statement comes on a day when a 19-year-old girl died by alleged suicide in Madurai, apparently 'apprehensive' over NEET.

Speaking to reporters at Gobichettipalayam, where he distributed old age pension orders, Sengottiyan said Chief Minister K Palaniswami has requested the central government to exempt students from the state from writing the exam.

Despite the opposition from the government, the NEET will be conducted on 13 September in 238 centres and 1,17,990 candidates are appearing for the test, he said. The minister was responding to a query on the NEET issue.

The girl's death comes days after a young medical aspirant in Ariyalur district died by 'suicide,' drawing sharp response from political parties opposed to the entrance test.

On the new National Educational Policy, the minister said, "Tamil Nadu is only for a two-language formula."

Asked about the response to the admission of students in government and government-aided schools, he said it has been encouraging as 13.84 lakh students have so far joined the schools.

He said the admission would go on till this month-end and the number of students enrollment was more than those admitted in previous years. The minister also said there was no possibility of re-opening schools now on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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