Updated: November 29, 2021 10:02:10 am
The state government cancelled the Uttar Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test or UPTET 2021, which was slated to be held on Sunday, after reports of a question paper leak surfaced. The examination is now likely to be held next month.
Additional Director General (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar said, “The government has decided to bore all expenditure to hold UPTET for the second time. Candidates will not have to fill up forms and pay examination fees again.”
He added that the UP Police has till now arrested 23 persons in connection with the paper leak case. Among them, 13 were arrested from Prayagraj and four from Lucknow. The rest were residents of neighbouring Bihar.
Kumar said the Special Task Force (STF) of UP Police will conduct the investigation and take action against people and organisations responsible for the paper leak.
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On Sunday morning, minor chaos ensued after candidates came to know about the cancellation of the examination after reaching a test centre. However, large-scale violence was not reported from any part of the state.
The government has announced that all candidates who reached their centres can return by UPSRTC (UP State Road Transport Corporation) buses by showing their admit cards.
Police said that they received information late on Saturday night that the question paper of the UPTET examination was being circulated on social media. After an initial probe, cops have caught a few persons and seized photocopies of the question paper from their possession.
Police forwarded the photocopies to the state government for verification. “The government cross-checked the paper with the Uttar Pradesh Basic Education Board, which was holding the examination. The state government decided to cancel the examination after confirming the paper leak,” an official said.
Sources said that the role of the private agency which was given the charge to arrange the examination will be also investigated.
On Sunday, the exam was scheduled to be held in two shifts at 1,754 centres across the state. Over 19 lakh candidates were slated to take part in the exam. The UPTET examination was cancelled last year following the Covid-19 pandemic.
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