West Bengal: ‘Qualified’ TET candidates stage protest seeking appointment in schools

KOLKATA: Hundreds of candidates, who claimed to have cleared the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) in 2014, staged protests outside the office of the West Bengal Board of Primary Education in Salt Lake. Candidates demanded that they be recruited ahead of the 2017 TET-qualified candidates.
A scuffle was reported between protesters and cops.
The protesters complained the number declared by the West Bengal Board of Primary Education was lower than the figure declared before by the state. So, they demanded they all be recruited without another interview.
Protesters gathered at Karunamoyee at 1pm. When they tried to march towards the Primary Board office at Karunamoyee, a scuffle took place between them and the police, following which, several protesters were detained. The demonstration went on till late in the night.
The protesters claimed that despite appearing in the interviews after clearing the TET 2014 they did not get jobs through a panel constituted for the same. The board had said that the tenure of the panel has expired and these candidates would have to appear in fresh exams.
Asserting that they would not want to appear for a fresh examination, announced by the government for this year, the candidates demanded that they be appointed as teachers in West Bengal government-sponsored and -aided schools as per the previous merit list.
Former West Bengal Board of Primary Education chairman Manik Bhattacharya, also a ruling Trinamool Congress MLA, was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on October 11 in connection with the alleged irregularities in the recruitment process of primary teachers in the state.
Bhattacharya was removed from the post of chairman on an order of the Calcutta High Court, before which a number of petitions have been moved alleging graft in the appointment process of teachers in state-sponsored and -aided schools.