The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday directed the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) to constitute an expert committee to look into the alleged anomalies in the Punjab State Teachers’ Eligibility Test (PSTET)-2015 answer keys within 10 days.
The court bench of justice GS Sandhawalia also directed the government to extend the cut-off date for the receipt of applications for various posts of the masters’ cadre to January 25.
The court’s decision came on a bunch of petitions in which it was alleged that the answers keys released by the PSEB for the December 13 PSTET had anomalies.
The HC also directed that the benefit of review/revision of answer keys of these questions would be given even to non-petitioners, so that they may also get justice. For those who have already passed the PSTET, the marks would also be accordingly revised, the court said. The PSEB will have to upload the revised result by January 25.
Brushing aside the objection raised by the PSEB that the court cannot substitute its own opinion for the opinion of expert committees in the matter of answers to objective-type questions, the bench observed that the court should, as a matter of principle, intervene where the answers in the answer keys are “patently ambiguous”.
About 1.3 lakh candidates had appeared in the examination, while around 21,400 objections were received from examinees. The matter would come up for further hearing on January 28.