General strike to impact students appearing for JEE Main examinations on January 8 and 9 2019

JEE Main examination – The nationwide general strike called by central trade unions on January 8-9, 2019 will hit thousands of students appearing for the JEE Main slotted in the second week of January (2019), according to a Times of India report.

The apex body, National Testing Agency (NTA) has scheduled to conduct JEE Main twice this year from Jan 8 to 12 (first attempt) and April 8 to 12 (second attempt) and students – who have tests on January 8 and 9 – would find it hard to reach examination venues as transport facilities – including road and rail – would be affected, said the report.

Vineet Joshi, Director General, NTA said, “As of now, the agency has no plans to reschedule the examinations.  However, we will be holding a meeting to discuss the matter soon.”

The general strike, announced as early as September this year, has the support of over ten central trade unions including CITU, INTUC, AITUC, HMS, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF, UTUC, AIRF and NFIR.

Quoting the trade union leaders, the report said that they were not aware of entrance examinations on the announced dates. “This was a national strike that was announced quite early and no one had approached us with representations,” INTUC state president R Chandrasekharan, was quoted as saying by the report, adding that it would be impossible to postpone the dates.

President of Kerala CBSE Schools Management Association TPM Ibrahim Khan was quoted as saying by the TOI report that this matter had not come to his attention earlier. “We don’t even know who to give a representation since this is a national strike. Students are already worried because their exam dates have been advanced,” Khan was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, the Principal of Gregorian Public School Jayaprabha Pradeep said she was unaware of the issue but felt that there was very little the schools could do about the issue. “Let us hope they postpone the strike,” she said. Parents are worried because transport is going to be a huge problem on a strike day, said the report.

“My son has his examinations on January 12. Though this may not affect him directly, I am worried for other students since I understand their plight,” Dr Shoba, mother of a Class XII student told the daily.

Director of Brilliant Study Centre (Pala) Ramachandran told the daily that many students were concerned by the strike. “I hope they postpone the test dates to avoid inconvenience to students. Though most students have been given test centres of their choice, transport would be a problem because the strike will go on for two days,” he added.

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