Vikash Sharma

Cuttack: Alleging massive irregularities in the question paper of Odisha Teacher Eligibility Test (OTET), scores of candidates on Thursday staged demonstration in front of Board of Secondary Education (BSE) office in Cuttack.

The candidates demanded revaluation of answer sheets over such discrepancies in the question paper. The candidates have also submitted a memorandum demanding a rollback of decision of collecting Rs 500 as fee for revaluation. They have also threatened for agitation on October 14 if their demands are not fulfilled.

“In 2018, the OTET exam was cancelled by the authorities claiming that the question paper had gone viral on social media. Despite repeated complaints, irregularities still persist in conduct of the exam,” said a candidate.

The candidates alleged that there have been massive errors in the answer key released by the board on October 5. Moreover, the candidates also raised questions on the timing of the release of the key during Durga Puja vacation.

It is pertinent to mention here that BSE had released the answer key of the OTET on October 5. The online OTET exam was held in 45 shifts between August 5 and 18. As per sources, there are 10 errors in the answer key in each shift.

As per the official notification, the candidates, who want to raise objection or challenge the official OTET Answer Key 2019, are advised to log onto the website and file their objection by October 10. However, the candidates will have to pay a fee of Rs 500 per objection.

Ramashis Hazra, BSE secretary informed that “We have set up a challenge window, so that the candidates who feel that there is some confusion or error can raise objection.”

Hazra further stated that initially the challenge window was announced to be active till October 10 and it has now been extended till October 13, 2019.

“If the challenge of any candidate is found valid, their fees will be refunded while the fee will be forfeited for wrong challenges,” Hazra added.