Vikash Sharma

Scores of aspirants on Monday staged a protest in front of the Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Odisha in Cuttack alleging irregularities in the conduct of the Odisha Teacher Eligibility Test (OTET) and publication of the results. The OTET results were announced last week.

The candidates gheraoed the BSE office and alleged that there were mistakes in question paper and publication of results. The candidates are also demanding appropriate revision of the marks and grant of 10 grace marks.

“Though we had challenged the answer key by paying Rs 500 per question, our marks have not been revised. Similarly, the authorities have also not refunded the money. The truth will come out if OMR sheet is provided to us. But the authorities are not doing this,” alleged a candidate.

Candidates alleged that their demand include conduct of the OTET exam before the conduct of the Junior Teacher exam. They said that there is a provision for conduct of OTET twice every year but it is not being done by the concerned authorities, a candidate alleged.

“We want OTET to be conducted by the authorities twice every year. Similarly, the junior teacher exam should be conducted after the OTET,” said another candidate adding that the notification for the OTET should be released at the earliest.

Debi Prasad Das, a candidate said, “I have scored 89 marks. The qualifying mark is 90 for a general category while it is 75 for OBC and SC/ST candidates. I want re-evaluation of four questions that are correct. I am sure that I will get another 3 to 4 marks extra.” Das said, “I had paid Rs 2,000 for challenging the question. I have not received any response.”

Meanwhile, the authorities could not be contacted over the allegations levelled by the candidates.

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