In Photo: A screen shot of the West Bengal Board of Primary Education website on Saturday evening.
By A Newsman
Kolkata, 10 October: AFTER being rescheduled twice, the primary Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) in West Bengal will finally be conducted from 2 pm tomorrow, 11 October.
Around 23 lakh candidates are registered to appear for the test in 5,200-odd centres spread across Bengal. Unlike the previous years when this written test used to be conducted for 1.30 hours, the test time will be for 2.5 hours, that is, from 2 pm – 4.30 pm.
The Bengal government will fill up around 40,000 vacancies from among the 23 lakh aspirants.
The primary TET was originally scheduled to be held on 30 August, but had to be called off just two days ahead of the schedule after a bundle of the question papers went missing in transit on 27 August while being sent from Salt Lake to the exam centres in Hooghly district.
Following this, Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee announced that the test would be held on 04 October.
But the state government tweaked the date for the second time and state chief secretary Sanjay Mitra on 31 August announced that the primary TET would be conducted on 11 October. The change was made as the 04 October schedule clashed with a few other competitive exams and the civic polls in some parts of the state had been scheduled for 03 October.
For the benefit of the examinees, Metro Railway in Kolkata will operate trains from 9 am tomorrow instead of the usual Sunday service that starts from 9.50 am. Similarly, South Eastern Railway and Eastern Railway will tomorrow operate a number of additional local and short-distance express trains in several parts of Bengal.
Following a directive of the Calcutta High Court, the West Bengal Board of Primary Education on Saturday has provided a link on its official website www.wbbpe.org that is supposed to contain a copy of the lost question paper on which the primary TET was to be held on 30 August.
But many have complained that the link is not working and is instead, throwing up an error page that reads: “The service is unavailable.” Even at times, the website front page is not opening at all.