Students and parents write to Union education minister
Students and parents have urged Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank to allow students who had their last chance at the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)- Main and Advanced this year be allowed another next year.
The Joint Admission Board (JAB) has allowed an extra attempt to students who could not appear for JEE Advanced this year because they tested positive for COVID-19.
According to JEE rules, a candidate is allowed three attempts at JEE Mains and two attempts at JEE-Advance.
In a letter to the education minister, students and parents said the current situation is “extraordinary”.
“This year, JEE exams (Mains and Advanced) were conducted in September instead of April-May, and of the 8.41 lakh registered candidates only 6.35 lakh students appeared for the JEE-Mains exam due to the fear of Covid-19,” reads the letter. “This shows that lakhs of students did not appear for the paper due to various reasons including lockdown and ban on local transport as well as the fear of COVID-19.”
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