To make sure that no case of using unfair means is reported from any centre conducting the Punjab Teacher Eligibility Test (PTET) in Amritsar and that the test is conducted in a smooth and transparent manner, the district education authorities along with other departments of district administration on Saturday were on their toes, as more than 10,000 candidates would be appearing for the test on Sunday.
The test would be conducted at 16 centres in Amritsar and the district police authorities have deployed eight constables, including women, to guard each centre.
“Even the transit of the question paper vehicle will be under the police surveillance and security guards will be escorting the vehicle carrying the question papers till it reaches all the 16 centres in the district,” informed District Education Officer, secondary education [DEO (SE)] Satinder Bir Singh, who was at the nodal centre at Government Girls Senior Secondary School (GGSSS), Mall road, busy sealing the test papers and conducting a meeting with the deputy DEOs and school heads managing the show.
All centres under heavy security
“All the centres in Amritsar will be under heavy security and we will be providing all the facilities to the candidates. The candidates will be allowed to enter the examination hall with just his admit card. They will not even be allowed to wear watches or take pen inside the hall. We will make sure that every class has a wall clock so that time management does not become be an issue. I have put more than 500 officials, including elementary teachers training (ETT) teachers on duty and have told them that no laxity on their part will be tolerated,” the DEO said.
It must be mentioned that the test would be conducted in two slots, including the morning slot (10 am - 12:30 pm) in which 2,928 candidates will take the test and the evening slot (2:30 pm till 5 pm) in which 7,630 candidates will take the test.
Two observers for each centre
Meanwhile, Amritsar deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat has deployed tehsildars, block development officers and experienced college professors as additional observers in all the 16 test centres.
The DEO informed, “DC Ravi Bhagat and Amritsar police commissioner Jatinder Aulakh are helping us in every possible manner. We are putting two observers for each centre along with invigilators who will be deputed in each class. These invigilators are teachers of primary classes.”
“Everyone has been instructed to collect the answer sheets the moment the time gets over. They have been asked to seal it and bring it to my office immediately. No delay will be tolerated. The steps that the administration has taken make me feel that no cheating case will be reported from any centre tomorrow. And if any cheating case is reported, the candidature of the person involved in the case will be cancelled. And if we find any invigilator backing unfair means, strict action will be taken against him or her,” said the DEO.
Apart from all this, to maintain transparency, every centre would be under the scanner of CCTV and the exam would also be videographed.
Cheema assures smooth conduct of PTET
Meanwhile, Punjab education minister Daljit Singh Cheema also had a meeting with the district education authorities in Amritsar and assured transparency in the conduct of the examination. “We have already issued guidelines to the district education authorities and they would be abiding by it. They would be ensuring smooth conduct of the examination and strict vigilance at all test centres on Sunday. We have also issued instructions for the students.”
Over 1.7 lakh candidates would be appearing for the PTET at various centres in 22 districts of Punjab.