Wrong info of centres, lack of seats — mess everywhere

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THE kind of gross mismanagement at the exam centres for the recruitment of primary teachers held on Sunday across the state only exposes the lackadaisical way by which the West Bengal Primary Board held the examination.

According to reports received from the district administration as well as School Education Department, there was confusion among the candidates at Minakha in North 24-Parganas as there were two examination centres with the same name. After reaching Mondolpara Girls High School at Halisahar in North 24-Parganas, candidates came to know that they were supposed to reach Gainghata High School, 20 kilometres from there.

Students complained that wrong information of the centre was provided on the website of West Bengal Primary Board. Murlidhar Girls High School is close to Gariahat Police Station, but the website mentions that the school is near Patuli police station, at least 30 kilometers away from the exact location. The website of the board mentions that Praptapalli Boys and Girls School is located at Behala in south Kolkata, but it is actually location in Jadavpur — around 30 kilometres from Behala.

At Birbhum's Amodpur High School, 305 candidates were supposed to take the examination, but the seating arrangement was for only 200 candidates. As a result, 105 candidates could not get seats for the examination.

The mismanagement by the board did not end there. Around 300 candidates supposed to take their examination at Khidderpore Academy School did not arrive at the centre. Later it was learnt, that the website of the Board had given the wrong location of the school . "When I reached my examination centre, I found the examination was already over," said Debosmita Kar, a resident of Barasat, whose admit card said that her exam centre was at Madhusudan High School in Barasat, but on reaching there she came to know that she has to travel 20 kilometres from there to Muraripukur Girls High School to take the test. There was no one to whom I could lodge a complaint, she added.

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