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By A Newsman

Kolkata, 19 October: INTERVIEW and aptitude test for recruitment of primary teachers will not be held in East Midnapore, Burdwan, and Cooch Behar along with other districts of the state.

This is due to the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) that has come into force in the three districts in view of the Lok Sabha and Assembly by-polls scheduled to be held on 19 November.

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In the rest of the districts, the interview and aptitude test will be conducted from 21 – 28 October and not from 19 October as the West Bengal Board of Primary Education had notified in a circular on 12 October.

“The interview process is starting from 21 October and all the eligible candidates will be notified about the date, time, and venue of the interview through SMS on the mobile number that they have provided while filing the online application. An e-mail will also be sent to the e-mail address provided by them. They will start getting the SMS and e-mail from Wednesday (19 October),” Board chairman Manik Bhattacharya informed.

“As regards East Midnapore, Burdwan, and Cooch Behar districts, the interview process has been put on hold due to the by-polls,” he said.

State education minister Partha Chatterjee said that the state government would approach the Election Commission for permission to conduct the interview in the three districts before 19 November on the condition that the results would not be published before the election process got over.

Manik Bhattacharya said that the interview in Kolkata, North and South 24-Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, Nadia, Purulia, and Murshidabad would start from 21 October; in Bankura from 22 October, and in north Bengal districts (barring Cooch Behar and Darjeeling Hills) from 24 October.

The Board had in a notification on 26 September said that the total number of vacancies of assistant teachers post in the state-run primary schools is 42,949, and that trained TET qualifies candidates would be given preference in the recruitment.

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