The West Bengal government has once again changed the dates for primary Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET) examination. Initially, the TET was scheduled to be conducted on August 30, however the date was rescheduled to October 4.
The date was changed the first time due to question papers going missing while being transported to Serampore. The State Chief Secretary, Sanjoy Mitra said that the exam has now been postponed to October 11 due to various reasons, these include flood relief operations, by-elections and various other exams.
This decision was taken after a meeting with the Education Minister, Partha Chatterjee, Home Secretary and a video conference with district administration and other officials. Mitra said that an investigation has already been launched into the incident of missing question papers and the government will ensure transparency and confidentiality in the conduct of exams. The State Chief Secretary added that a detailed guideline will be published in all newspapers and requested the students to follow it.
The CID is also investigating the case. The question papers, meant to be distributed at different examination centres in Hooghly, were transported in 154 bags from the state education department’s Salt Lake office to Serampore. The postal department was in charge of carrying them while the state transport department provided the buses. On reaching Serampore, one of the bags containing the TET question papers was found missing.
Approximately 23 lakh candidates have enrolled for the West Bengal Teachers Eligibility Test. The exam is conducted for recruitment of teachers in primary schools.