A day after the Maharashtra state education department filed another review petition in the Supreme Court (SC) requesting more clarity on the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), hundreds of parents in Mumbai took to the streets to protest against the national medical entrance exam.
The SC’s verdict on conducting NEET has students left with no option but to prepare for the test, which is largely based on the CBSE syllabus. Parents, who call the SC’s decision “hasty”, are demanding that NEET be deferred by at least a year.
“Our children have worked really hard for the past two years to write the MH-CET, which is entirely based on the state board syllabus. To expect them to go through two years’ CBSE syllabus in two months is inhuman. They are children, not robots,” said a parent.
On Wednesday evening, close to 200 parents of students, who have appeared for the recently held MH-CET, protested outside Vile Parle railway station.
The parents said they also plan to organise similar protests across the city over the next few days and ultimately, put forth their demands to the Centre.
A group of parents will hold a morcha in Borivli on Thursday.
After pinning hopes on the SC to rule in their favour, students are now running pillar to post to get hold of books to help prepare for the second phase of NEET, which will be held on July 24. Parents are worried that so much stress will result in the students breaking down psychologically.
“The least that the SC should have considered is that those who have appeared for state Common Entrance Tests should not have been forced to appear for NEET as well,” said Ruiee Kapoor, another parent.
“Children are already exhausted after their HSC board exam and the state entrance tests, and this is acting like a punishment,” added Kapoor.