Pradeep Pattanayak

Alleging technical problems in the recently-conducted computer-based test (CBT) for junior teacher (schematic), some aspirants on Thursday met the director of Odisha School Education Programme Authority (OSEPA) in Bhubaneswar. 

The job aspirants alleged that they could not attend 15 questions in the examination owing to technical issues.   

“The examination was held from November 3 to 17. We were able to attempt 105 out of 120 questions and could not answer the remaining 15 questions. When we drew the attention of the OPEPA director, he termed it a technical issue. We tried to submit our complaints, but he refused to accept them. He rather asked us to send them through email. It is a question of our career. We demand justice,” said Sashmita Sahu, an aspirant. 

When contacted, OSEPA Director Anupam Shah said, “The examination was conducted between November 3 and 17. Around 1 lakh applications were received and 90 percent of the aspirants sat for the examinations. Our objection period is open now. Some students are alleging that they couldn’t see some questions. We will look into their grievances and take necessary steps.”

It can be noted that the OSEPA will recruit 20,000 junior teachers (schematic) in Primary and Upper Primary Schools across the state under the recruitment drive.