Pune: Indiscipline seems to be the norm, as 20 candidates appearing for the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) reached the examination centre late. However, they missed the opportunity to appear for the test.
Interestingly, these candidates are future teachers, who themselves failed in reaching the examination centre on time.
A few candidates were not allowed to enter the examination hall at Vimalabai Garware Prashala for the test, which was conducted across the State on Sunday, as they reached the centre around 10 to 15 minutes late.
Similar incidents were also reported from several other centres from different parts of the State including Nanded, Ahmednagar, Jalgaon and others.
TET is compulsory for all teachers teaching across mediums. The examination was held on Sunday, July 15, from 2 pm to 4:30 pm.
Manoj Kolhe, one of the candidates, who had come to Pune for the examination from Pathardi taluka in Ahmednagar district, said, “I reached Deccan area by 1:30 pm as the examination was going to start at 2.
However, on reaching Garware College, I realised that the examination is at Garware Prashala. Hence, by the time I reached the school, it was around 2.10 pm. However, despite pleading to them to allow me to appear for the examination, I was denied permission.”
There were a few more candidates, like Jagdish Kadam from Nagpur, Amrapali Navadkar from Pune, Ragini Munde from Aurangabad, Shital Khetre from Baramati, and others who reached between 2:10 to 2:15 pm, and were not allowed. The disappointed candidates rushed to the nearest police station to seek help. Even when the police accompanied the students and requested the examination centre officials to help them, the candidates were not allowed to enter.
The candidates said that around 20 teachers couldn’t appear for the examination because they were late to the examination centres. The candidates have now decided to write a letter to the State Education Minister Vinod Tawde narrating the whole incident.
Reacting to the issue, Yogeshchandra Devalalkar, Centre head, said, “According to the directives of the Education Department, the candidates were supposed to reach the examination hall by 1:30 pm, and this was also mentioned on their hall tickets. The examination began at 2 pm.
However, some candidates reached the centre at around 2:15 pm. But as per the strict directives that we had received, we couldn’t allow the candidates to enter.”
Out of the 1,73,449 students who were to appear for TET, 16,791 were absent across the State.