Chennai, Dec 23 (BPNS)
With no marks to show in their tenth-class examination, several students from Tamil Nadu are facing a tough situation while applying for Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). The students don’t have tenth marks to produce as they were all passed by the Tamil Nadu Board due to Covid -19 pandemic of 2020-21.
Sujith Somanathan, a 12th standard student from a Government school of Madurai, while speaking to BPNS said, “ I am worried as I don’t have any tenth marks to show which is however mandatory for applying to JEE. The state government officials have told us that the matter has been taken up with the National Testing Agency (NTA) and that the matter would be resolved soon. I am really worried.”
He further said, “ After entering the personal details, the marks of Class ten are mandatory and we are not able to further proceed in the application and hence we are really worried.”
It is to be noted that around 40,000 students appear for JEE from Tamil Nadu and the students who have taken the Tamil Nadu state board exams for the tenth standard don’t have any marks for the tenth exam which is, however, a mandatory criterion for applying to JEE.
The registration for JEE commenced on December 12th and would continue till January 12th, which is the last date for receiving the application at NTA.
Ramkumar. T, a Physics teacher in a Government higher secondary school at Vadapalani, Chennai while speaking to BPNS said, “ We had then requested the government to award marks to students based on their performance in 9th standard but they did not award any marks. This is creating a problem now for the students applying for JEE.”
Tamil Nadu School Education Minister, Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi told BPNS that the Government of Tamil Nadu has already taken up the matter with the Union government and the issue would be sorted out.
School Education Commissioner of Tamil Nadu, K. Nanthakumar while speaking to media persons said that the state government has already approached the Union Government and the National Testing Agency (NTA) – who conduct the test paper, and added that the issue would be sorted out soon.