CHENNAI: State BJP president K Annamalai blamed the ruling DMK government and School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh for the dip in the pass percentage of government school students in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).
In his statement, Annamalai alleged that the DMK government and ministers were unable to withstand the success of the large number of government school students in the NEET exams last year. "They were playing with students’ future for their petty politics," he added.
He pointed out the non-continuation of the E-Box training programme, which was conducted by the state school education department as a major reason for this.
While demanding the government to explain the reason for not continuing the programme, he pointed out that minister's comment about rural students being forced to attend the NEET examinations as they have no choice, belittles the students and diverts the attention of the people from the issue.
"Despite knowing the fact that only 31 students from government schools joined medicine between 2007 and 2016 when there were no entrance examinations for the course, the minister should not speak in such a manner. It amounts to cheap politics," Annamalai added.
He pointed out that the number of students appearing for NEET went up from 96,610 students last year to 1.32 lakh this year. Of them, 67,787 students have emerged victorious. The number of students who wrote the exam in Tamil language increased from 19,868 students from last academic year to 31,965 this year. "This shows that more students, including government students, have been gearing up for the exam," he said.
‘DMK should be held responsible for NEET suicides’
AIADMK interim general secretary and former chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami charged that the DMK government should be held responsible for the suicides of medical aspirants in the State due to NEET. Pointing out that the DMK had made the poll promise to scrap the test, which would be the first signature after coming to power, the AIADMK leader said: "The Chief Minister should be held responsible for the suicides and should admit that he made a false promise.” Palaniswami said at least in the future the State government should begin free NEET coaching to the government students as it was done during the AIADMK regime till the medical exam was scrapped. He also advised the students not to take any extreme steps as there were several career options other than NEET.