Nagpur: Chaos and cries prevailed on Sunday at Saraswati Vidyalaya, the exam centre at Shankar Nagar for Maharashtra Teachers Eligibility Test (TET), where close to 50 aspirants were not allowed in the exam hall as the gate was allegedly closed half an hour before the deadline at 1.15 pm. However the exam centre officials denied any such allegation clarifying that the gate was closed only at 1.45 pm as per the rules.
The exam was held at four centres across the city for second shift between 2.00 pm and 4.30 pm.
The centre officials further clarified that a total of 211 students were allotted Saraswati Vidyalaya out of which 146 were present. As per directives of the authority, the gate had to be opened at 1.15 pm and closed at 1.45 pm. The OMR answersheets are to be distributed and attendance is to be marked simultaneously. At 2pm, the attendance has to be forwarded to the authority by all centres. It can’t be delayed, he added.
The officials added that 12-13 students, including women, had reported late and tried to jump the compound to gain forcible entry. “The policemen deployed for security purpose were made witness while locking the gate. The issue was reported to the
higher authorities,” they said.
Countering the officials, aspirants said there was a mix up and many of them were standing outside the gate at Shankar Nagar.
The school had three entry points and the main gate on the southern end was kept open for examinees. The other two were shut. “We had come on time but we were under the impression that the gate on Shankar Nagar Square would be opened.
Later, someone told us that the entry was from back side,” they said.
It may be mentioned here that MAHATET score is required to apply for teaching post from Standard I to VIII. The second shift exam is for those aiming the high school posts.
In the afternoon, the centre officials had a tough time managing the unruly aspirants who demanded that they be allowed inside despite reporting late. Some of them shot videos that went viral on the social media and education groups.