TRICHY: Absence of proper study material required to ace the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) has killed the aspirations of many students. Language of study was never seen as an issue before, but for a bunch of Tamil-medium students, it has proven to be a barrier when it comes to accessing books required to prepare for NEET.
Though they were available at a few private coaching centres, students cannot afford exorbitant fees charged by the said centres. A parent of a Class XII graduate from Tiruchy, who completed his education in Tamil medium said: “My son was unaware about the pattern of NEET examination, and for coaching, private centres sought `10,000 to `40,000 as fees for a month-long course, which I could not afford.
“If study material was made available for students at an affordable price, may be they would have scored well.” As aspirants were forced to either bank upon a private coaching centre or themselves, they suffered. “Though the medical cut-off of our daughter within the State was adequate enough, her NEET score was way lower. We banked on NEET exemption for a year as a temporary solution, but that has been shattered,” R Moorthy, another parent, said.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court’s judgment also evoked a positive response. “TN students and educationists should realise that NEET is not a threat but a great opportunity to improve the educational system and the manner of teaching.” S Pushpavanam, secretary, Consumer Protection Council, Tamil Nadu said .