Rahul Roy: Eligibility test or TET will be taken for the appointment of new primary teachers by next December. According to board sources, such a decision was taken in the meeting of the ad hoc committee of the Primary Education Board on Friday. It is also known that a meeting will be held with the state education minister Bratya Bose very soon to fix the exam date. However, before taking the current year’s TET exam, the 2014 primary teacher recruitment exam and the complete merit list of TET along with the number division must be published. Calcutta High Court has given such instructions to the Board of Primary Education in a related case.
On the other hand, Manik Bhattacha, the former president of the Primary Education Board, has approached the Supreme Court challenging the division bench’s order to remove him from the post of Primary Education Board president. The date has not been decided yet. I will decide the final date with the advice of the education department and only then issue the notification.”
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Incidentally, 43,000 primary teachers were appointed in 2016 based on the 2014 TATE merit list. In the next phase, 16 thousand 500 people are recruited in 2020. A total of around 59,500 primary teachers were recruited in two phases. Several cases were filed in the High Court regarding corruption in this appointment. In the hearing of the case on Friday, the board asked for time till November 30 to give the list. In view of that, the judge directed, publish the list within the stipulated time. Lawyers Sudipta Dasgupta, Firdous Shamim and Vikram Banerjee, on behalf of the plaintiffs Soumen Nandy, Ramesh Malid, alleged that there was massive corruption in the appointment of Tate that year. In most cases, despite their names appearing first in the merit list, they have been recruited from the top, which is totally against the rules. Regarding the recruitment rules, they demanded that the full merit list should be published along with the number division of the two phases that were recruited that year.
A directive was sent by the Board of Primary Education to the district primary education councils last June. According to the guidelines, those who have cleared the TET exam in 2014 and got the job, have to submit the admit card and all the certificates. Job seekers are also asked to submit cover letters and letters of interview and counselling. In view of that, the High Court asked to publish the complete merit list. Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay also wanted to know from the board when they will be able to publish that list. This time the court asked the primary education board to publish the merit list along with the number division. The court has also ordered that the list should mention the details of who and how much the teachers who are working on the basis of the TET have received in writing and verbally.
Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said, “This is absolutely a legal matter” regarding the approach of MLA and former president of Primary Education Board Manik Bhattacharya to the Supreme Court. The party has no comment on what he or his lawyers will do against anyone who is charged or by any agency serving a notice.”