Results for West Bengal Primary Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) were announced on 22 November 2013 showing mere 1.07% test-takers crossing the passing marks. Out of a total 17, 51, 000 exam takers, only 18,793 candidates were qualified in the WBTET.
Due to shortfall of 15766 applicants as seats were left vacant, TET is to be scheduled again for a second time on 31 March, 2014. No fee will be charged for the re-takers. The few candidates who have passed the test reflected the poor quality of examinees.
Manik Bhattacharyya, Primary board chairman informed of only 0.42% students qualifying CBSE TET exam in upper primary whereas below 1% were passed for the primary test.
Manik added that 2 panels are planned to be set up in which one will be for the trained examinees while another for the untrained. The dates for face-to-face interview session will be declared shortly due to January 2 being targeted to give them joining dates.
Overall state vacancies are 34,559. Bratya Basu, Education minister told if the comparison be made in the percentage of passing candidates and the number of vacancies, then in that view 50% test takers have passed the TET.
The minister further spoke of chief minister Mamata Banerjee being determined to produce employment in the state and the Maa-Mati-Manush government shall shortly generate much more vacancies to be filled up soon. Within the current financial year the examination will be held with the results being published soon as well, in order to fill the vacancy without further delay.
Primary WBTET examination, which was on March 31, 2013, came in controversy after the complaints received from many examinees for being unable to reach the exam centre on me. The data was among 20, 90,341 applicants, 3, 38,009 were unable to write the examination.