Nearly seven lakh candidates appeared in the WBBPE’s TET exam on Sunday to fill around 11,000 vacancies for primary school teacher positions in government-sponsored and aided schools in West Bengal.
The West Bengal Board of Primary Education Board (WBBPE) conducted the Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET) exam after a five-year hiatus at 1,460 exam centers across the state amid strict security regulations, officials said.
West Bengal Education Minister Bratya Basu denied on Sunday that questions were leaked from the TET exam, claiming that “some people” wanted to disrupt the exam process to discredit Mamata Banerjee’s government by posting false questions on WhatsApp. to spread.
Basu told reporters he was pleased that the exams could be conducted smoothly, despite attempts by “some people” to derail the process and give the government of Mamata Banerjee a bad name.
The minister claimed that there was no questionable paper leak in the exams, saying that “the alleged question shared on social media is fake and bears no resemblance to the real one.” He said a conspiracy was hatched by “a section of the people” to overthrow the examination process in an apparent attempt to discredit Mamata Banerjee’s initiative in the interests of lakhs of primary school aspirants, however Basu reneged to name a party or person.
He said that the WBBPE has filed a complaint with the Cybercrime cell about the spread of fake content on WhatsApp.
Basu said the exams were conducted in a peaceful manner and called for everyone’s cooperation “because we have to make sure that the deserving TET candidates get a job. But not everyone can get a job. It should be kept in mind.” Opposition leader Suvendu Adhikari told reporters in Chuchura on Saturday, although BJP was not in favor of disrupting the TET exam process, it should be held in a fair and transparent manner.
“I have received complaints from many candidates that they have received a telephone offer that they will receive the questions for the exam if they are willing to pay a certain amount. I hope that the administration will ensure that such malpractice does not take place, otherwise there is little point in conducting such exams and it will become a farce.”
Basu responded to Adhikari’s charge, saying, “If anyone has concrete information, they should share it with the base administration.” schools and nearly seven lakh candidates take the exam.
The 2014 TET exam results have been embroiled in controversies over alleged irregularities in the recruitment process and the CBI is conducting investigations into this on the orders of the Calcutta High Court.
The state Transport Department and the Metro Railway have made arrangements for additional services to ensure smooth travel for the nearly seven lakh candidates taking the TET exam.
The 2022 TET will be held five years after the 2017 exam amid heavy security with significant police presence at 1,460 exam centers across the state, an official said.
The recruitment of primary school teachers based on the 2014 TET exam results, which is the subject of huge controversy in the state, is under investigation by the CBI under the orders of the Calcutta High Court.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is also investigating the alleged money trail in the case, two months ago arrested former primary education chairman Manik Bhattacharya, who is a Trinamool Congress MLA from Palashipara in Nadia district.
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