Candidates cry errors in Teachers' Eligibility Test, demand re-exam

Monday, 30 December 2013 - 10:22am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

Candidates, who appeared for the first-ever state Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET) on December 15, have demanded a re-examination for being asked “wrong and out of syllabus questions”. Over six lakh candidates from across the state appeared for the examination. Aspirants said most errors were found in the Urdu language papers.

“There were at least 21 wrong and 50 out of syllabus questions in paper 1 (Urdu) and approximately 35 were wrong and 20 out of syllabus questions in paper 2. There were errors in both questions and answer options,” said Jamil Sheikh from Akhil Maharashtra Urdu Shikshak Sangathna.

The council had asked candidates to send in their objections about questions or answers through email before December 30. “A provision to raise objections was already in place and we have received a few complaints. If questions or answers are found to be wrong, a formula will be deduced to disqualify those questions and calculate the marks,” said a senior official from the council.

The candidates have also alleged that the Maharashtra State Council of Examination refused to announce a detailed syllabus ahead of the examination.

“We were constantly asking the council for a detailed syllabus but were told that the council was not allowed to disclose it. The only details that we knew were that paper 1 would consist of questions from syllabus of class I to V and paper 2 would have questions from Class VI to VIII,” said Sheikh.

The group had moved to the Aurangabad high court days before the examination, demanding a stay on the test because the syllabus was not announced but their plea was rejected.

Justifying the council’s position, the official said, “We only conducted the examination. The syllabus should have been announced by the State Council of Education and Research Training (SCERT).”

The council will not conduct a re-examination. “There is no way that the demand for a re-examination will be met. The errors in the Urdu papers might have occurred while printing. We have received no complaints for the English and Marathi papers. There were only about 20,000 candidates who took the test in Urdu so a re-test is not a viable option,” said Dilip Sahastrabuddhe, chairman, Maharashtra State Council of Examination.

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