The Odisha Teachers Eligibility Test (OTET) scheduled to be held on Wednesday was cancelled after the question papers were leaked on social media. Over one lakh candidates appearing for the examination had to return from examination centres across the state.
OTET is the eligibility examination for aspiring school teachers for classes I to VIII. The examination is conducted under the supervision of the Board of Secondary Education (BSE), which is affiliated to Odisha’s Department of School and Mass Education.
“Both OTET exam papers scheduled for the day have been cancelled. After getting information that question papers were leaked, we investigated and found the claims were true,” BSE president Jahanara Begum said. Begum told The Indian Express that an FIR has been filed with the police. A fresh date for the examination has not been finalised by the BSE.
At an examination centre in Rourkela, the conducting authorities told reporters that they received a call from the District Education Officer (DEO) asking them not to open the seal of the package containing the question papers because they had been leaked. Later, candidates reported receiving photographs of question papers and handwritten answers on their mobile phones. Angry candidates at centres demanded an official notice be issued and pasted at centres before they left.