The NHRC demanded a detailed report explaining why students were forced to appear for exams outside of their home state.

NHRC issues notice to TN govt CBSE over NEET chaos demands detailed reportImage for representation
news NEET Monday, May 07, 2018 - 19:37

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued a notice to the Government of Tamil Nadu and the Central Board of Secondary Education over reports of hardships faced by students who were appearing for NEET.

The NHRC in New Delhi has taken suo moto cognizance of the media reports and has cited that these incidents, if true, "raise a serious issue of violation of human rights". In a press release, the NHRC stated that students are under immense pressure due to the exams and that it was the state’s responsibility to ensure that the process went smoothly.

“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.

The NHRC has issued notices to the Chairperson of CBSE and the Chief Secretary of the Tamil Nadu Government, asking for detailed reports explaining why students were forced to appear for exams outside of their home state and put forth the question as to what steps were being taken to ensure the same doesn’t occur again.

Over 3,685 students were forced to take their examinations outside the state, according to the NHRC.

The day of the test was plagued with issues, as students appearing for the test in other states were delayed due to their train reaching late. A few students from Kerala and Karnataka were forced to sit out the NEET exam after arriving minutes late at the centre.

Authorities in one Madurai school gave 96 students, who study in English and Tamil, Hindi question papers.  When the students complained to the authorities, they were detained and asked to wait until the bilingual English and Tamil papers arrived.

In a tragic incident, a man from Tamil Nadu who accompanied his son to Kerala to write NEET. He suffered a heart attack and passed away on Sunday even as his son was writing the exam.

Read: Train delays, confusion add to student stress on NEET exam day

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