Mrunal Manmay Dash

The Orissa High Court on Friday asked the Odisha government not to conduct the final selection process and appointment of Junior Teachers till the next hearing.

However, the single-judge bench of the Orissa High Court allowed the document verification process of the candidates which is scheduled on January 20 and January 21, 2024.

The next hearing on the case has been listed for January 24.

“Since basing on the impugned draft result sheet, verification of documents has been fixed to 20th & 21st of this month, let the process with regard to verification of the documents may continue on the date fixed, but no final decision be taken with regard to final selection and appointment till January 24, 2024," High Court's order read.

It has been alleged that there have been irregularities in the Computer-Based Test (CBT) for the recruitment of Junior Teachers. A large number of aspirants on Thursday staged protests outside the office of the Odisha School Education Programme Authority (OSEPA) in Bhubaneswar.

The agitating aspirants expressed their displeasure and alleged that a cut-off list had not been published before the merit list. Another serious allegation they made was that several examinees with higher scores had not been placed in the merit list.

Many examinees having secured more marks have been left out of the merit list while there is no clarity about how many of the successful candidates are from SC, ST, and UR categories, the agitating aspirants alleged.

However, OSEPA director Anupam Shah said that as per the resolution, we have published a draft merit list of 18, 805 candidates.

“We had earlier received objections on the answer keys of the test. We examined the objections from our side. The result of the exam was evaluated based on the CBT scores. There is no problem with it. We have followed the normal process pertaining to the online test,” Shah added.