Slamming government teachers who are boycotting classes as part of their protest along with other state government employees demanding implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations, Justice N Kirubakaran of the Madras high court on Wednesday said such boycotts and strikes by teachers were also a primary reason for government school students’ low marks in NEET.
The court then directed the state government to file a report by September 14 on the steps taken to end the protests.
Justice Kirubakaran made the observations on a petition by advocate A P Suryaprakasam, seeking a direction to the state government to form an expert committee to prepare students who scored low marks in NEET (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test) and provide them moral support.
The judge was concerned that some teachers were boycotting work from this month and required answers from authorities to 11 questions.
“Only five government school students from the state have managed to secure medical seats. Protesting teachers should feel ashamed of this fact. They should know their responsibility. Such persons cannot involve in strikes,” Justice Kirubakaran said.
He said it would therefore be appropriate and the need of the hour that those state syllabus students who had lost the opportunity of joining medical colleges along with future aspiring students, be counselled by their class teachers or any other school authorities to prevent tragedies such as Dalit student Anitha’s suicide.