Chandigarh: Continuously under stress due to unending controversies which has marred the Haryana Teachers Eligibility Test (HTET) 2015, more than 1.3 lakh teachers in this BJP-ruled state are now anxiously waiting for the revised schedule of the Level 3 exam, but the board has no information except a single line message on the board's official website.
What is more disturbing for the teachers is that the Haryana Board of School Education (HBSE) on its official website has provided a link with the message 'HTET 2014-15 : Level-3 (PGT) test held on 14-11-2015 has been cancelled. Revised schedule will be declared soon' which also has a 'New' tag. However, when candidates click on the link, they are directed to the home page of the website again.
"It is disturbing. We are advised to keep visiting the board's website to know the exam schedule, but there is no information. Worse, when we click on the given link, we are directed to home page again", Mohammad Azad, a teacher, said while talking to ummid.com.
The Level 3 PGT test of the Haryana Teachers Eligibility Test (HTET) 2015 test, scheduled to be held on Saturday November 14 was cancelled after reports of question paper leak, though the Level 2 and Level 1 exams were held next day as per the schedule. Approximately 1.37 lakh candidates appeared for this highly secured exam.
The information that the PGT Level III question papers are leaked came to light when two female and three male candidates were caught having the solved question paper of the HTET examination at a test venue in Jind district.
The police has so far arrested over a half a dozen people who are said to be involved in the 'paper leak leak' racket. The local police also said that the paper leak conspiracy was hatched in Delhi, and it expect more arrests in the case in the coming days.
"More than 1.3 lakh teachers appeared for the test, and those involved in the paper leak are just few. Because, of these few culprits thousands of teachers are suffering. Is this justified?" Jyoti, a candidate, asked.
Monika and Sonia, two another candidates who appeared for the Level I and Level II tests, echoed similar views.
"Very few people are involved in such incidents, but a huge number has to undergo trauma because of cancelled exam. The board should come out with some other ways to tackle paper leak cases", Sonia said.
Ironically, the Haryana Teachers Eligibility Test (HTET) 2015 has been marred by controversies one after the another. First the test which is supposed to be held in August was rescheduled for October. The October exam was again revised for November.
Interestingly, there was a demand from school teachers' association to reschedule the November 14 exam as it coincided with Children's Day. Thankfully the board did not heed to the demands, and went ahead with its decided plan. But, it had to revise it after the question papers were leaked.
The controversies surrounding the Haryana Teachers Eligibility Test (HTET) 2015 did not end here. The Haryana Board of School Education (HBSE) in a bid to promote Prime Minister Modi's 'Digital India' campaign had declared to conduct online computer tests. In response to this, the board received applications from about 44,000 candidates.
The board however directed 12,000 candidates to sit for paper based written exam due to inadequate number of exam centers. The online exams for the aspiring candidates will be held in the engineering and polytechnic colleges of the state.
"It is astonishing to learn that none other than the prime minister is talking of 'Digital India', and here we have a board which is advising candidates to opt for paper based exams just because it does not have enough number of computer centres", Rinku, a teacher, said.