Education minister answers education queries on Twitter session
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Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal was live on Twitter today.
In the live webinar (like an online seminar), he discussed various concerns regarding education and exams. Students used the tag #EducationMinisterGoesLive to ask questions to the minister on Twitter.
Some topics included the CBSE board examinations in 2021 as well as exams conducted by the NTA (National Testing Agency). This includes the JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) Main 2021 and NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) 2021 exam dates.
The JEE is conducted for admission to engineering colleges across the country. NEET is an entrance exam for admission to medical colleges.
What are some of the main points discussed in the webinar by the education minister?
There are no plans to cancel the NEET 2021 exams. However, the education ministry will take it into consideration if students want NEET 2021 to be held online.
They are also considering holding multiple sessions of JEE Main exams every year (up to 4 times).
The syllabus for JEE Main 2021 exams will remain the same as the previous year. But the minister also hinted there may be changes in the way questions are framed.
If students can not visit schools for lab work, it will not be possible to hold CBSE practical exams. If the COVID-19 situation remains the same, the ministry will make a decision then.
The education minister said that the National Test Abhyas app developed by the NTA helped students to prepare for JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020.
Moreover, he also said that the Election Commission of India (ECI) followed the rules employed for JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020 to hold elections in Bihar recently.
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