IMPHAL, Sept 16: A number of candidates who had come to appear for the Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET) today organized by the Board of Secondary Education Manipur under the initiative of the education (s) were deprived of appearing in the test.
Citing incompetency on the part of BOSEM in conducting the test, several candidates numbering around 100 from about 10 centres thronged the BOSEM office at Babupara demanding alternative arrangement for them.
The centres where the candidates were left unhappy include Kongba Meitei Mayek, Tiny Tots, Modern Higher Secondary School, Lamlong Higher Secondary School, Johnstone Higher Secondary, Kingstone Higher Secondary School, Leelasing Khongnangkhong High School.
Talking to media persons a candidate, protesting at the BOSEM office, on conditions of anonymity, disclosed that despite finding their allotted roll numbers in the official advertisement through various local newspapers in the state, the students were unable to find their roll numbers in their allotted exam centres.
“Moreover, it was found that the roll numbers supposed to be for Paper-I was found to be allotted for Paper-II and vice versa creating confusion among the candidates”.
Angered with the confusion, the candidates inquired with the higher authorities of the exam centres, however they were suggested to approach the BOSEM office instead, he said.
The aggrieved candidates later thronged the BOSEM office at around 2:10 pm and gheraoed the office building demanding alternative arrangement for the candidates who were deprived to appear in the test. On receiving the report the commissioner of education (s), Sureshbabu, rushed to the protest site and met the candidates. The commissioner assured the candidates to immediately arrange a separate test as an alternative arrangement for them at Bengali high school at around 3pm.
Following the assurance the protesting candidates agreed to leave the BOSEM office and were soon herded towards Bengali high school by a team of Imphal district West Police.
However, the commissioner stop the arrangement as the question papers of the test has already been distributed to the candidates.
Meanwhile, the All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), Democratice Students Alliance of Manipur (DESAM), Manipuri Student’s Federation (MSF) and Kangleipak Student’s Association (KSA), demanded the government to take appropriate action against the commissioner education (s) and fellow officers for being incompetent while discharging their duties citing the imbroglio on TET conducted today.
A press meet was held in this connection at MSF office Sega Road.
Briefing media persons Depanjit Ningthoujam, secretary general AMSU, condemned the conduct of the authority concerned.
He urged the authority to declare a separate arrangement for the candidates at the earliest possible who were unable to appear the TET.
Meanwhile, the student bodies have also stated that an alternate test was held for some of the aggrieved candidates at CC higher School starting from 1:30pm to 3 pm. The student representatives have demanded that the test should be declared null and void and a joint test for all aggrieved candidates should be held at the earliest possible.