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Kolkata: Calcutta High Court has slapped a fine of Rs 1-lakh on the West Bengal Board of Primary Education for asking out-of-syllabus questions in the primary Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) that the Board conducted in 2013.

The fine will be realised in the form of compensation to 19 TET candidates who had moved the High Court on the issue. A division bench headed by justice Sanjib Banerjee and justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay passed the order today.

The High Court has also directed the Board to ensure that these 19 candidates are allowed to appear in future TET without paying a fee and even if they had crossed the stipulated maximum age-limit.

Soon after the primary TET was conducted in October 2013, these candidates moved the High Court saying that there were some questions which were out-of-syllabus and did not adhere to the guideline prescribed by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE).

The petition was first taken up for hearing by a single-judge court, which rejected the plea on the ground since the petitioners themselves were candidates in the TET, the mater does not stand a merit.

Challenging this, the petitioners then moved the division bench. This made the bench to ask the NCTE whether its guidelines were indeed violated in the Bengal primary TET held in 2013. NCTE responded in the positive.

Thus, the HC bench today passed the order asking the West Bengal Board of Primary Education to pay Rs 1-lakh compensation to the 19 candidates.

In another TET related matter, Calcutta HC has asked the Visva-Bharati vice-chancellor Sabuj Koli Sen to furnish a report over the allegations by some TET 2014 candidates that as many as 11 multiple choice questions asked in the exam had wrong answers as options.

Sen has been asked to furnish the report by 19 August and after this, the High Court will take a call on the validity of primary TET held in 2014.

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