The Board of Secondary Education (BSE) authorities today issued a notice stating that the Odisha Teacher Eligibility Test (OTET) examination has been cancelled following a probe into reports of leakage of question papers.
Soon after the first sitting of the examination, the examinees also confirmed the report stating that original question papers match with the leaked papers that have gone viral on social media.
The OTET question paper went viral on the social media while the first sitting of the test was underway between 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
The exam was scheduled to be held in two shifts, the second shift was scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.
A total of 1.12 lakh aspiring teachers were scheduled to appear for the OTET exam in 250 examination centres across the state. The candidates were angry at the board’s decision.
“We had prepared for months to appear for the examinations. But, it went in vain. The government should act against the culprits for uploading the question papers on social media,” said a candidate.
Terming the incident as unfortunate, BSE president Jahan Ara Begum confirmed about the cancellation of the examination stating that the dates of re-examination will be intimated soon.
Meanwhile, BSE secretary Ramashish Hazra informed that the Board has written to the Crime Branch seeking a probe into the question paper leak.
As per initial reports, the photos of the question papers reportedly surfaced on social media and went viral.
The exam was scheduled to be conducted in two shifts today. While the first shift was from 10 AM till 12:30 PM, the second shift was scheduled to be held from 2 PM till 4:30 PM.
In Rourkela, the candidates have been sitting on dharna in front of the Uditnagar High School, which was one of the few examination centres in the area, following the cancellation of exams today.