In a recent development, Madras High Court on Saturday directed CBSE, Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Union and Tamil Nadu governments’ health departments to furnish their replies to the 12 questions raised by the court when the NEET matter is taken up further on June 27. The Madras High Court asked whether the questions set by CBSE, would not be easy for the students studying under CBSE stream and difficult for the non-CBSE ones.
It also asked that how could a single test assess the intellectual capability of students who want to pursue their career in medical.
The judge said, “Though the nationwide single common entrance examination for admission into medical colleges is appropriate, there are many difficulties faced by students who are undergoing the studies under various systems (state board, central board, Anglo-Indian syllabus and ICSE).”
The court further asked, “Would it not enable CBSE students, who constitute only about 5 to 10% of the total candidates, to grab the maximum number of seats in the medical admission, as question papers are set up based on the CBSE syllabus?”
“Only 4,675 science stream students were from 268 CBSE affiliated schools while as many as 4.20 lakh science stream students were from 6,877 state board schools in Tamil Nadu,” Judge added.
The court mentioned that the very purpose of the NEET examination was to prevent students from undergoing multiple entrance tests for securing admission into medical courses. Avoid corruption in admission through all-India ranking and common counselling.
However, As per TOI, the judge laid down 12 questions on the matter:
1. Is it possible to determine the calibre of the students by a single NEET examination conducted by CBSE?
2. When the questions are set up by CBSE, will it not be easy for the CBSE students and difficult for the non-CBSE students?
3. Would it not enable the CBSE students who constitute only about 5-10% of total candidates to grab the maximum number of seats in the medical admission, as question papers are set up based on CBSE syllabus?
4. Is it not necessary to provide level playing field to all the students while conducting NEET examination by CBSE?
5. Whether the exclusion of academic performance in Class XI and Class XII examination would not make the students non-serious about their school studies and concentrate only NEET?
6. Will it not be appropriate to combine the Class XII marks and NEET marks in equal percentile to determine the calibre of the students more accurately?
7. Would it be possible for authorities to conduct the NEET examination continuously along with Class XII examination?
8. Would not the considering of NEET examination marks alone for medical admission make room for mushrooming of coaching centres?
9. Why not the authorities prescribe uniform syllabus for physics, chemistry, biology and maths throughout India?
10. Is it not essential to train teachers in the new syllabus for physics, chemistry, biology and maths?
11. Whether or not the TN government responsible for dilution of standards in education, as it had not taken any steps to revise the syllabus?
12. Why not the state government appoint well-trained teachers in all the schools to prepare students for NEET?