Education is the major investing area for most of the middle class families as well as lower middle class families in India to improve the quality of life of their wards. It’s been 70 years since we got Independence but still we are not able to eradicate illiteracy in our country. There are many government policies which encourage people to go to school especially girls. Even though people in the rural areas still find it difficult to get education because of many hurdles such as poverty, lack of infrastructure, less quality of education, uneducated parents etc.,But at the same time people from urban areas are very serious about their children’s education. In order to survive in this competitive world, they encourage their wards to take standardized exams like JEE MAIN and many more exams like CATTo prepare for these competitive exams they spend a lot of money. Most worrying factor is that they force their children to prepare for the same from 6th grade itself.
Many schools in urban areas provide paid extra classes to prepare for these standardized competitive exams (JEE MAIN and NEET 2018). But many students who cannot afford these things are unable to make their entry into country’s premium institutes like IITs.
Many state funded government colleges are providing very good quality of education and one of the encouraging factor is the reservation. Reservation helps many students from the rural areas to fulfill their dream of getting education from the well reputed colleges. One of the examples is the Medical colleges in Tamilnadu. The criteria to enter into these colleges is to get good cutoff marks (above 90%, includes reservation) in the state board exams. The control of these colleges are in the hands of state government which is for the welfare of its own people.
But the intervention of central government in the admission process of these colleges makes the system more complicated for the people from the backward classes. NEET has been implemented in Tamilnadu against the interest of its people. Before NEET was in place many students from the rural Tamilnadu as well as from cities who are financially backward were able to get admissions in the state funded Medical colleges using their board exam scores. But because of high standard exams like NEET which requires a lot of preparation. It becomes very difficult for many who have proved themselves in the board exams. The exam pattern completely contradicts the existing system followed in the state. This makes many studentsdreamjust dream.
One of the recent evident for this is a Dalit girl who have committed suicide after her aspirations to become a doctor had been trashed. She is the daughter of a daily wage worker who works as a load man in a vegetable market. She aspired to become a doctor and work for those who could not afford or have access to healthcare.She had scored 1176/1120 in her plus two examinations but lost out on a medical seat on account of her poor NEET score of 86/720. Isn’t it an injustice made to those who can’t even afford formal education? Do you think NEET is necessary to become a doctor? Can you assure that those who became as doctors without NEET are not qualified doctors?