The Punjab State Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET) will be conducted on December 13 throughout the state. While 39,195 candidates will appear for Test-1, to be held from 10 am to 12.30 pm, another set of 1,34, 780 candidates will take Test-2, scheduled from 2.30 pm to 5 pm.
A total of 1,73, 975 candidates will sit for the exam to qualify for the job of teachers from Class 1 to Class 8 in the government schools of Punjab. While Test-I is for teacher-hopefuls from Class 1 to Class 5, Test-2 is Class 6 to Class 8.
Ludhiana has the most number of candidates – 15,988 appearing from 27 centers – while the lowest number – 2,774 – is from SBS Nagar (Nawanshahr).
In a meeting supervised by PSEB chairman Tajinder Kaur Dhaliwal and DGSE Punjab Pardeep Aggarwal on Wednesday at the PSEB headquarters in Mohali, all employees given duties at exam centers were instructed to ensure that no suspicious person is allowed to enter the centre. Only the candidates are allowed inside, after showing their ID cards.
With the possibility of agents and touts making money by promising candidates to help them clear the exam, education minister Daljeet Singh Cheema said SSPs and commissioners in all districts have been asked to start probe immediately if a complaint or information about ‘middlemen’ is received.
He said pens and watches have been banned inside centres to prevent candidates from leaving any marks or signs on their answer sheets. The exams will be videographed at all centres while the evaluation of sheets will also be held under CCTV surveillance at Mohali.
Meanwhile, more than 18,000 teachers, who have already cleared the TET, said the government has failed to provide them employment. Jagpreet Singh, action committee convenor of TET Pass Unemployed Teachers Union Punjab, said, “Instead of doing our jobs after clearing the TET, we are organising protest rallies. There is no use of holding such tests when the government cannot hire us. More than 18,000 teachers who have cleared the TET till 2014 are still jobless.”