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Kolkata: OVER a thousand teacher eligibility test (TET) qualified candidates today marched to the West Bengal Central School Service Commission (SSC) at Salt Lake in the city demanding the long-pending recruitment as teachers in state-run schools.

The march was organised under the banner of CPI-M’s student wing SFI and youth wing DYFI, and the participants engaged in a scuffle with police when the police stopped them.

These marchers had qualified the upper primary (classes VI-VIII) TET 2012 and 2015 but are yet to get appointed as teachers as litigations are pending in the Calcutta High Court over alleged irregularities and nepotism by the state government.

The march began this morning from Salt Lake Karunamoyee to Acharya Sadan, in which the SSC is housed. Police had put up barricades on the road leading to Acharya Sadan to stop the agitators. But they broke the barricades and tried to move ahead forcibly, leading to a scuffle with the police.

With the large posse of police being able to finally stop them, the agitators sat right on the road while raising slogans for an immediate appointment. A five-member delegation from them met the SSC chairman and served a memorandum.

They have alleged that while most of the TET qualified candidates were waiting for nearly four years now, a handful with poor qualifying marks has been appointed by the state government. To negate the chances of irregularities like this, they have demanded the publication of the complete merit list afresh.