NHRC issues Notice to Tamil Nadu Government and CBSE for causing Stress to Students
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Tamil Nadu Government after reports came that the students had been struggling for giving the NEET Exam.
While some students were made to travel as far as Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Rajasthan, others were worried about the strict dress code. A 46-year old father who travelled to Kerela for his child’s NEET Exam suffered from cardiac arrest and died. The commission observed that these reports suggest a serious violation of human rights.
“The students undergo tremendous pressure due to examination; it is the duty of the state to ensure they should not be subjected to any kind of discomfort while appearing for the entrance examinations. It appears that the State Government and the CBSE authorities have failed to provide examination centres to the aspirants within the state, resulting in hardships not only to the students but also their parents,” the NHRC said in a statement.
The NEET exam has also been facing other controversies with experts reporting that the Tamil NEET paper had about 49 translation errors. Other experts have spotted that about 8 questions in the NEET paper were very vague.
Additionally, talking about the strict guidelines for the students dress code, the Commission said, “Cutting the sleeves of the shirts and tearing the pants of the aspirants to remove buttons etc. are unethical acts done by the staff deployed at the exam centres. This amounts to violation of the right to dignity of the aspirants,” the Commission said and further observed there was a “need for the authorities to re-think and adopt certain mechanism to ensure security checks at the exam centres in a dignified manner.
Sources: Times of India, The Hindu, DNA India