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Kolkata: National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) has decided to conduct fresh exams for two papers in diploma in elementary education (D.El.Ed) course only for the candidates in West Bengal.

The decision comes after the question papers got leaked in Bengal during the original exams in the two papers (506 and 507) that conducted on 20 and 21 December.

Going by a fresh rooster issued by NIOS, the two exams will be taken afresh on 3 February, Sunday. This means the examinees shall have to write the exams for six hours on a single day.

State education minister Partha Chatterjee said that some of the examinees have served him a memorandum stating that it will be difficult for them to write exams for six hours and hence, they have demanded the state’s intervention.

“The education secretary has written to NIOS authorities flagging the issue and urging them to reconsider the decision to conduct two exams on a single day. We are yet to get a reply from them,” Chatterjee said.

He added that since going by the RTE Act, a degree in teacher education has been made mandatory, the state government had written to the Centre to give an alternative opportunity to the already recruited primary teachers.

Acting on this, the Centre had allowed such teachers to study D.El.Ed course through NIOS.