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NEET row: Are students culprits or has examination become unethical and vitiated?
"Fostering values and virtues among examination boards, evaluators and evaluation process is required rather than suspecting the young candidates as cheaters and defiling their human dignity. The recent controversy of NEET examination by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) that conducts the examination at over 1,900 centres across the country for admission to undergraduate medical and dentistry courses needs to be looked from the ethical dimension of examination," said the Jaipur-based psychologist Dr Anita Srivastava while reacting to NEET controversy.

She added, "Any evaluation procedure that defiles the dignity and self-esteem of young students is unethical. The bras of the girls were checked and metal button and hooks being removed, head scarves being removed, long sleeves being torn before entry to the examination centres implies that you have done away with the mental wellbeing of young students leading to vitiated testing environment. The problem is with the system and its ethical dimensions of teat conduction, not that of terming students as cheaters and frisking them to demean them."

Currently, parents, social activists, women activists, human rights organisations and students are agitating against the alleged harassment of students during recent NEET examination by staging protests outside the CBSE office.

The dress code for the examination, girls being forced to remove bras, metal buttons in Kerala has irked social activists, students, educationists and politicians who are demanding for an thorough investigation into the controversy. They have requested the Human Rights Commission to look into the matter since the examination mafia, coaching centres and bad education and evaluation system are the real culprits which are demeaning the human dignity.

Examination cheating has become now a visible network which needs to  be cracked upon along with importance of ingraining the ethical aspects of the conduct an examination by the examination boards and their functionaries to overcome the problem, I feel.

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