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Centre, State blamed for NEET goof-up

Activists are upset with the State government for not representing Tamil medium students who failed in NEET, before the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court and the Supreme Court.

The Tamil version of the National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test paper this year, had errors in 49 questions. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which conducted the test, maintained that it sought the help of Tamil language experts to frame the questions.

Activists blame the State and Central governments for being irresponsible with the translation for the test.

Since the errors were caused by incorrect translation of technical words from English to Tamil and the students were not familiar with the words used in the test paper, they failed, claim the activists.

Of the around 24,000 students who took the test in Tamil, only 2% qualified, said Ram Prakash, founder of Tech4all, which conducted free coaching for poor students.

“Though the CBSE said that NCERT textbooks would be available in regional languages to help students prepare for NEET, till date no effort has been made even to release the syllabus in regional languages,” he said.

Rajya Sabha CPI (M) member T.K. Rangarajan blamed the AIADMK and the BJP government for the poor show by government school students in NEET.

“CBSE lawyers have maintained that only those who understand English can become doctors.

“The Central and State governments must take the blame and make amends,” Rajya Sabha CPI (M) member T.K. Rangarajan said. “If the regional language is ignored, the country is in danger,” he added.

Remembering Anitha

Meanwhile, several people from across the city, came together at Valluvarkottam on Saturday, to remember Anitha, the 17-year-old girl from Ariyalur district, who committed suicide last year, on her death anniversary.

Aazhi Senthilnathan, coordinator at the Thannatchi Tamizhagam, assailed the State and the Centre for failing to exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET.

“Had they stuck to the old method, Anitha would have been alive,” he said, adding that following her death, the State had passed two bills for admissions to the MBBS and BDS courses, on the basis of marks obtained in class XII. “But the Centre has not approved it,” he said.

“The Tamil Nadu government must take a firm stand, formulate its own policy and exempt the State from NEET. It is time they act for the welfare of its students,” he added.

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