Aspirants of Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) in the state had a tough time submitting their application forms on Monday due to staff crunch at Pune Zilla Parishad (ZP).
Aspirants,mostly B.Ed and D.Ed passouts,were seen standing in long queues at ZP education department for several hours. The department is the only centre in Pune district to submit TET application forms.
Police was eventually deployed to keep the swelling crowd in control.
I stood in a queue around 10 am and managed to submit my form by 4 pm. The authorities have failed to streamline things,which is now taking a toll on aspirants, said Samadhan Gade,one of the aspirants.
While the Maharashtra State Council of Examinations (MSCE) has facilitated online process for TET registration,aspirants have to submit the receipt of online application in person at ZP by November 15.
Pune ZP Education Officer Mushtaq Shaikh said additional staff has been appointed for smooth functioning.
We did not expect so much crowd today. We have increased manpower from five to 15. Besides,five tables for scrutinising and accepting forms have been made available as against just one earlier, he said.
The state government has made TET compulsory for aspiring teachers in keeping with the provisions of the RTE Act. The maiden TET in the state is scheduled for December 15.