Mumbai: Thousands of candidates who appeared for the Teacher Eligibility Test (Maha TET 2015) on January 16 in Maharashtra are in a fix as the state is yet to take a call on re-exam following the leak of question paper and the state education department is silent on the issue.
"The decision on re-exam will be taken only by the state government. Our job was to submit the report and we have already done this", R. Kshirsagar, Deputy Commissioner of Pune's Education department, said while talking to ummid.com.
"It is expected that the government will take a decision within coming few days", he added.
The Marashtra Teacher Eligibilty Test (Maha TET 2015) was 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.
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.
Kshirsagar also said that release of the official answer key is also put on hold because of the pending decision on paper leak case.
"As per the normal practice, we release the official answer key within 5-7 days after the test", he said.
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.