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Featured Image: Representational photo of an exam centre. 

By A Newsman

Kolkata, 28 August: WEST Bengal government has postponed the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) for recruitment of primary teachers that was scheduled to be held on 30 August after a bundle of the question papers went missing in transit on Thursday.

Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee told a Press conference on Friday morning that the primary TET would now be conducted on Sunday, 4 October. “The time, duration and exam centres will remain same as was specified for 30 August.”

He said that the West Bengal Board of Primary Education has been directed to initiate legal action against the Indian Postal department over the question paper bundle going missing.

“The Board president Manik Bhattacharya has been asked to initiate appropriate legal action against the Postal department at once as the question paper going missing has caused harassment to lakhs of aspirants who were all geared up to sit for the TET this Sunday,” Mr Chatterjee said.

“I cannot say at this point if the bundle has been lost altogether or it has been misplaced,” the minister added, declining to take any questions on this.

Mr Chatterjee this morning held an urgent meeting at education department headquarters Bikash Bhavan in Salt Lake with school education secretary Arnab Roy, president of the primary Board and chairman of the secondary education council.

This after the primary Board got to learn about a bundle of the TET question papers going missing while being sent to Dankuni in Hooghly by a hired bus on Thursday. The policemen guarding the vehicle apparently noticed on reaching Bally that a window screen of the bus was broken and they soon alerted the primary Board officials.

The bus was recalled to the secondary education council office at Nivedita Bhavan in Salt Lake whose godown the primary Board was using to store the question papers for want of own infrastructure. After the bus returned, the officials counted the consignment only to find that a bundle was missing.

There are about 23 lakh aspirants who were scheduled to take the primary TET this Sunday in 5,200 centres spread across Bengal.