The dates for the the primary Teachers' Eligibility Test (TET) examination has been postponed for the second time by the West Bengal government. Initially, the TET examination was supposed to be held on August 30, however the date was rescheduled to October 4, 2015. The date was changed the first time due to the question paper going missing while being transported to Serampore.
According to the State Chief Secretary, Sanjoy Mitra, the exam has now been postponed to October 11, 2015 due to various reasons which include flood relief operations, by-elections and other exams.
This decision was taken after a meeting with the Education Minister, Partha Chatterjee, Home Secretary and a video conference with district administration and other officials. Mitra said that an investigation has already been launched into the incident of missing question papers and the government will ensure transparency and confidentiality in the conduct of exams. The State Chief Secretary added that a detailed guideline will be published in all newspapers and requested the students to follow it.
The question papers, meant to be distributed at different examination centres in Hooghly, were transported in 154 bags from the state education department's Salt Lake office to Serampore. The postal department was in charge of carrying them while the state transport department provided the buses. On reaching Serampore, one of the bags containing the TET question papers was found missing.
Approximately 23 lakh candidates have enrolled for the West Bengal Teachers Eligibility Test. The exam is conducted for recruitment of teachers in primary schools.