It is very unfortunate that 17-year-old S. Anitha, born in a poor family in Sendurai village, Ariyalur district and who secured 1,176 marks outof 1,200, with a cut off of 199.75 out of 200 marks, having secured only 86 marks in the Neet examination, had ended her life by committing suicide on September 1, 2017, creating shock waves in the State making the political parties protest and the students to abstain, classes. Justice N 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.
A day after her suicide, members of Naam Tamilar Katchi staged a protest over her death demanding exemption of NEET exam. Students' Federation of India members too staged a protest at Chennai's Mount Road.
"They should know the responsibility of their duty. such persons can not involve in strikes", he said. Rural students had to study extra hours and take additional coaching to merely compete with their city-bred counterparts in the race to become a doctor, he said.
The petitioner alleged that in several government schools, teachers are absenting themselves and not taking classes.
Observing that equally committed, devoted and honest teachers are also working in government schools and their contribution need to be highly appreciated, the court said it was only concerned with the erring teachers.
Led by DMK, the workers raised slogans against the Centre for working against social justice and also Tamil Nadu government for not criticising the steps taken by the Centre.