In the biggest such exercise in Madhya Pradeshs history,13 lakh candidates appeared for an examination on Sunday for a contractual teachers job which offers a salary of Rs 5,000 per month. It was only in November that the state Cabinet had doubled the salary from Rs 2500 after realising that thousands of vacancies existed in primary and secondary schools.
To be appointed as Contractual Grade III teachers,as many as 64,000 candidates will be absorbed in schools. A record 13,03,000 candidates had applied for the examination that was conducted at 3400 centers across the state. More than 50,000 appeared in cities like Bhopal and Indore. Though the exact number of those who took the test will be known soon,MP government described the turnout as historic.
The Professional Examination Board engaged more than one lakh supervisors for the exam. The supervisors were drawn from school,higher education and technical education departments.
On the eve of the test,there were rumours,proved incorret,that the paper had leaked. The police took into custody some people who were selling fake papers.
The candidates solved 150-mark objective type paper with questions based on language skill,education,childrens development,mathematics and environment. Though the minimum eligibility was Class XII the applicants included even graduates.