The West Bengal Board of Primary Education (WBBPE) has launched 24-hour helplines, in addition to rolling out a host of measures to ensure that the candidates scheduled to take the primary schoolteachers’ recruitment examination on March 31 do not face any hassles.
The estimated 45 lakh candidates are free to call the helpline numbers- 033-23348983, 23598135 and 23211201 for any queries related to the exam on March 31.
“The primary motivation behind opening these helpline numbers for the candidates is to provide answers to any exam related query that they might call in with. It would also help us provide them with whatever the head office might not arrange for them. We would also provide them with the contact numbers of our district offices. Be it directions for the exam centres or any given query, the help lines would have answers for everything,” Manik Bhattacharya, president of the board, told HT.
“If the candidates have a problem getting to the centres on the day of the exam, the respective district administration would be authorised to arrange for separate venues for them. We have further made provision for extra sets of question papers and answer scripts in the event of any contingency,” Bhattacharya said.
The exam is scheduled to get underway at 1 pm and will span an hour. “Candidates would have to get to their respective exam centres by 12.30 pm. The question papers along with answer scripts would be handed to them at 12.45 pm. They would be allocated 15 minutes of extra time to fill up Part ‘A’ of the OMR sheet. We urge all candidates to fill-up this portion with care, as it would contain all relevant information on the candidate. Any errors in this section could prove costly, as the paper of the concerned candidate then won’t be evaluated,” Bhattacharya said.
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee held a meeting with her education minister Bratya Basu along with senior officials of the department on March 26, wherein she took stock of the level of preparedness for the exam on March 31.
After the meeting on March 26, Basu said, “To run the exam smoothly, we would have control rooms in every district. Though the venues have already been declared, we have arranged for alternative centres in the event of unforeseen contingencies.”
The recent Madhyamik exam saw the state host 11 lakh candidates, the highest number of candidates witnessed in any public exam across the country. However, with the coming exam set to host an estimated 45 lakh candidates, the board had earlier voiced worries over the infrastructure of schools handpicked as exam centres.