Nearly four lakh candidates appeared on Sunday in tight security across Assam for the teacher qualification test (TET).
In 2012, the last TET took place in the state.
A total of 2, 30,482 candidates appeared in the lower primary classes Sunday examination and 1, 66,079 in the upper primary classes. The test took place in 587 centres.
R.C. Jain, Chairman of the Secondary Education Board, Assam (Seba), who carried out the examination, said four candidates had been expelled for using unfair means. He said that about five percent of applicants have not appeared.
Seba had taken a number of steps to free and fair the exam.
Jain said, in collaboration with India's Electronic Corporation, they had introduced jammers to some 60 percent of exam centers to prevent candidates from using electronic devices.
The invigilators were asked to open the question paper sets only in the exam halls and in the presence of at least two students in order to avoid question paper leaks.
Jain said each question paper has a unique code. “If someone takes photograph of a question paper, the code can identify the student to whom the particular paper was given,” he said. Jain said the system will also be implemented for the matriculation examination this year.
The application process had created a controversy because of lack of qualification-related clarity in the advertisement.
When Seba realised its mistake and came out with a rejoinder, over one lakh ineligible youths had already applied for the test.
“We are going to return the application fee paid by these youths. The process will begin within a day or two,” said Jain.
Amid this, a picture of two women police personnel taking care of babies of TET candidates, tweeted by director-general of police Kuladhar Saikia, was hailed by many.
Updated by: News Sources 2019-11-11 3:05 PM