HC stays selection of teachers
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SSC Petition alleges TET answers evaluated wrongly
The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday stayed the selection process to recruit teachers in the secondary and higher secondary schools by the School Service Commission (SSC) till March 21. The examination was held on July 29 last year to recruit teachers in secondary and higher secondary schools for filling up around 55,000 posts.
M D Kamruzzaman and 40 other candidates, who appeared in the SSC examination, filed a writ petition challenging the examination process. They alleged in the petition that the answer script of the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) had been evaluated according to the wrong answers. The candidates who wrote the right answers on the basis of text books did not secure any marks. So the selection process should be stopped.
Hearing the allegation, Justice Debasish Kargupta referred the dispute to the principal of David Hare BEd College to look into the matter. The principal will verify the claim made by the candidates and file a report within three weeks.
The petition explained that the candidates had appeared for two written tests ó one TET and another test on main subjects. On securing 60 per cent marks in the TET, their answer scripts of main subjects would be examined by the SSC. But the two written tests were taken on the same day. After publication of TET result, answer script of main subjects would be evaluated.
On December 1 last, the SSC published the result of TET and also disclosed the model answers of the questions of the TET on its website. The petitioners noticed that some answers in the model answers were different according to popular text books and the answer scripts were evaluated on the basis of the these model answers.
Advocate Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharjee, counsel of the petitioner argued that the candidates who wrote the right answers according to the text book, got zero and the candidates who wrote the wrong answers on the basis of the model answers secured got marks. As a result, he petitioner did not secure the requisite 60 per cent to qualify the TET, the petition alleged.