Mumbai: The Marashtra Teacher Eligibilty Test (Maha TET 2015) re-exam of the leaked paper which was supposed to be held in April is likely to be postponed and re-scheduled, sources at the Pune's Education department said.
"It was earlier decided that the re-exam of Maha TET 2015 leaked paper will be held in April. It now however stands postponed and the new date will be announced very soon", sources said while talking to ummid.com on phone.
"The decision to re-schedule the exam was taking because of the ongoing exams in schools and colleges and also because of the severe drought situation in the state", he added.
"Till the re-exam is held, the release of answer key and announcements of the results are nit possible", he said.
The Marashtra Teacher Eligibility Test (Maha TET 2015) was held January 16, 2016. But, it was found leaked hours before the exam.
According to an official from the Maharashtra State Board of Examination, after the exam started on its scheduled 10.30 am time Saturday, it received information of the questions being circulated on social media through the messaging application Whatsapp since 8 am.
“We were informed at around 10.45 am about the alleged paper leak in Beed. Following this we initiated an inquiry and found that the question paper had indeed gone viral. The board immediately called a meeting to decide on whether a re-examination of the particular paper should be held,” said R.V. Ghodne, chairman of the board.
Soon it was learnt that question paper was also leaked in Pune, Dhule and some other towns in North Maharashtra.
Mahavir Mane, Director of Maharashtra State Council of Examination (MSCE), which conduct the examination, said, “The leak was observed in Beed, Dhule and Pune but in other parts of the state the test was conducted smoothly.”
In total 1,74,163, candidates appeared for Paper I on Saturday, he said.
Following the incident Education Minister Vinod Tawade ordered a probe, and consequently the probe report was submitted to the government. The government however is yet to take a decision whether to go-ahead with results or conduct a re-exam.
The Maharashtra TET is held in Marathi, English and Urdu three languages since 2014. It comprises of two papers. Paper I is for candidates aspiring for posts of primary teachers, whereas Paper II is for those wanting to be secondary school teachers.
As per the Right to Education Act, 2009, all states have to mandatorily conduct TET for recruitment of teachers to all types of schools. Only candidates who have qualified the TET will be eligible for teaching jobs henceforth.