OTET Exam cancelled after test papers leaked on social media
Bhubaneswar: Thousands of aspirants for Odisha Teacher Eligibility Test (OTET), the State’s top recruitment exam of teachers in various government schools in Odisha, were left fuming after the authorities of Board of Secondary Education (BSE) cancelled the exam following reports of leakage of test papers on social media.
According to sources, photos of some papers of the exam were found circulating on social media after the commencement of the 1st sitting of the test which began from 10 am. While the second sitting was scheduled to be held from 2 pm to 4.30 pm, the authorities began a probe into the reports of the question paper leak and the exam was called off before the beginning of the sitting.
BSE president Jahan Ara Begum termed incident as unfortunate and directed for cancellation of test after completion of probe by senior officials of the board into allegations of question paper leakage.
Begum informed that the next dates of re-examination will be intimated to the applicants soon.
The cancellation of the exam meanwhile has sparked displeasure among the aspiring candidates who have blamed the authorities for the fiasco.
Thousands of candidates staged dharna in front of several exam centres across the State demanding action against the culprits who have allegedly circulated the question papers.
On the other hand, the Opposition political parties targeted the State government over the cancellation of the exam.
OPCC chief Niranjan Patnaik said that the motives of the ruling party is clear and that is it wants to give the opportunity of jobs to a few selected people related to its party rather than true deserving aspirants.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also harshly condemned the State government and said that people will lose the trust on the education system is such things recur.