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Maharashtra TET shocker: Urdu papers handwritten, full of errors
Tuesday December 16, 2014 12:48 PM, Hena Farhat,

Thousands of Urdu medium school teachers, who appeared for the mandatory Maharashtra State Teacher Eligibility Test (MH-TET) Sunday, were shocked when they were given, instead of computer-typed, handwritten question papers.

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The teachers not only faced difficulties in reading the papers but they had to leave many questions unanswered because of plenty of errors and absence of correct options .

"It seemed a 4th standard student had written the Urdu papers. The handwriting was so bad that it was difficult for the teachers to correctly read them", Aslam Feroze of Ideal Teachers' Association said.

"Besides, the papers had errors and in many questions correct options were missing", he added.

It was also found that the Urdu papers had plenty of errors and questions of one stream were mixed with the other streams.

"The history section had the questions from Science whereas Civic section had the questions of the Urdu language", Zinneera, Lubna and Mehvash, all Urdu medium teachers who appeared for the Sunday's test, said while talking to

Interestingly, the English and Marathi medium papers were neatly typed on computers, and there has been no errors in these papers reported so far.

When the matter was raised with the Maharashtra State Council of Examination (MSCE-Pune), its commissioner defended the council and reused to admir mistakes.

"We have cross checked the Urdu papers with the help of expert Urdu teachers. They found no mistakes and also said that the handwritten papers were comfortably readable", MSCE Commissioner Vasant B Paimel said.

He also said that the council provided handwritten Urdu papers because last year there were complaints of typing mistakes in the papers.

"To avoid these errors the council decided to go for the handwritten Urdu this year", he said.

He however evaded response when it was pointed out that the Pune education board provides computer typed SSC and HSC Urdu papers and such errors are not found in them.

Interestingly, the English and Marathi medium school teachers who also appeared for the test on the same day were given neatly typed papers.

The Urdu medium teachers and the associations working for them are angry at this open bias of the MSCE Pune.

They are demanding full credit for the wrong questions, and also want assurance from the council that in future it will provide papers neatly typed on computers.

The Teacher Eligibility Test has been made compulsory under the Right to Education Act of 2009 for all aspiring teachers for schools in the state — aided, unaided, permanently unaided lower primary (classes 1-5) and upper primary (classes 6-8) — to clear this test.

MSCE held the exam for the first time last year on December 15, 2013. A total of 20,754 Urdu medium teachers had appeared for the test meant for lower primary (classes 1-5). Of them, only 971 had passed. For upper primary (classes 6-8), 7,322 teachers had appeared but only 195 could pass the test. Across the state, over six lakh students had appeared for the test.

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