Statesman News Service
Kolkata 5 December
With only 1.07 per cent candidates qualifying the West Bengal Teachers Eligibility Test (TET), the primary education board has decided to conduct a fresh examination on 30 March.
The examination is being conducted particularly for the candidates who did not qualify the TET that was conducted in March. Candidates who did not appear in the recently conducted test too will be able to appear in the upcoming examination.
The decision was taken to fill up around 34,559 vacancies in the primary schools.
The results for West Bengal Primary Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) were announced on 22 November, 2013 where only 1.07 per cent candidates have passed. Out of a total 17, 51, 000 examinees, only 18,793 candidates qualified in the WBTET.  No fee will be taken from the examinees this time.
Mr Manik Bhattacharya, chairman of the primary board said that the fresh date of the examination has been declared today and all eligible candidates can apply for the TET examination. The results will be published as early as possible.
It may be mentioned that utter chaos descended in the state in April 2013 as the West Bengal Board of Primary Education (WBBPE) struggled unsuccessfully to conduct the Primary Teachers’ Recruitment Examination of 45 lakh job applicants, a figure equal to the total population of metropolitan Kolkata.
Several students landed at the examination centres in time only to find out that the exam venue has been shifted 150 km away. Five examinees fell from over-crowded trains and many were caught helplessly in traffic snarls for hours.
At many examination centres, the number of candidates was more than the number of seats available and in some others, not a single examinee turned up because the centre was allotted for students who, even though they had bought application forms, had never submitted them.
This has now forced the WBBPE to explore legalities behind arranging for a second round of examination for those who had “failed to sit for the examination for situations beyond their control”.