THE kind of gross mismanagement at the exam centres for the recruitment of primary teachers held on Sunday across the state only exposes the lackadaisical way by which the West Bengal Primary Board held the examination.
According to reports received from the district administration as well as School Education Department,there was confusion among the candidates at Minakha in North 24-Parganas as there were two examination centres with the same name. After reaching Mondolpara Girls High School at Halisahar in North 24-Parganas,candidates came to know that they were supposed to reach Gainghata High School,20 kilometres from there.
Students complained that wrong information of the centre was provided on the website of West Bengal Primary Board. Murlidhar Girls High School is close to Gariahat Police Station,but the website mentions that the school is near Patuli police station,at least 30 kilometers away from the exact location. The website of the board mentions that Praptapalli Boys and Girls School is located at Behala in south Kolkata,but it is actually location in Jadavpur around 30 kilometres from Behala.
At Birbhums Amodpur High School,305 candidates were supposed to take the examination,but the seating arrangement was for only 200 candidates. As a result,105 candidates could not get seats for the examination.
The mismanagement by the board did not end there. Around 300 candidates supposed to take their examination at Khidderpore Academy School did not arrive at the centre. Later it was learnt,that the website of the Board had given the wrong location of the school . When I reached my examination centre,I found the examination was already over, said Debosmita Kar,a resident of Barasat,whose admit card said that her exam centre was at Madhusudan High School in Barasat,but on reaching there she came to know that she has to travel 20 kilometres from there to Muraripukur Girls High School to take the test. There was no one to whom I could lodge a complaint,she added.
With many candidates complaining about lack of transport facilities,the Board blamed it on the railways. President of the board,Manick Bhattacharya said,We have received complaints from three districts West Midnapore ,Behrampore and North 24 Parganas that some of the candidates could not appear for the examination due to poor transport facility,especially the rail service. In West Midnapore,a truck turned turtle on the main road leading to massive traffic jam and as a result many students arrived at their examination centre late. The Board has therefore decided to conduct a second round of examination for the students in sperate rooms if they arrive at the centre before 2 pm.
Three persons were injured at Baruipur while six in South Dinajpur while they entered a jam packed train to reach their examination centres. Even at Baruipur candidates staged a rail blockade as there were irregular train services and as a result candidates had to face harassment,Bhattacharya added.
Minister of State for Railways Adhir Chowdhury rejected the allegations and instead demanded the state government to apologise to all the candidates for facing inconvenience. This is the biggest recruitment of teachers in the state and the government has failed to manage the examination smoothly. They are unnecessarily blaming the railways for it. We have provided enough train services especially during the examination time. We even cancelled some work in the Howrah-Sealdah train line due to the exam, he said.