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JEE: India holds crucial college exam amid Covid-19 fears
The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) is an engineering entrance examination conducted for admission to various engineering colleges in India. Since the vast majority of India’s college students major in science/engineering fields, this national exam seems to be the equivalent of China’s National College Entrance Examination (NCEE), commonly known as Gaokao. This life-determining event took place between Sep.1 and 6 despite the protest by exam takers who worried about being infected by coronavirus on the way to or at the exam sites. Of course. Once they are infected, they could carry the infection home and pass the virus to their loved ones who are more vulnerable than them. The appeal was taken to even the supreme court but was declined. How many infections could have made during the 6-day exam period?
To your surprise, another highly competitive national entrance exams for medical schools, the NEET (The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test), is also going to take place on the 13th.
Will the National Testing Agency have enough time and encouragement to assess how effective the elaborate safety measures they took at JEE?
It indeed sounds like a life-time event.
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