The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday gave Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) a day’s time to respond to the allegations of giving a different set of questions to some candidates in the Punjab State Teachers Eligibility Test (PSTET) conducted last month.
The high court bench of justice GS Sandhawalia acted on the petition of Harpreet Kaur and two other candidates from Sangrur district, who had submitted that their question booklet, though labelled ‘set 1’, had all 150 questions different from the set-1 given to the rest of the candidates in the PSTET-2 on December 13. The petitioners had appeared at Bhai Gurdas Institute of Engineering and Technology, Sangrur.
The board had four sets of question papers, each containing the same 150 questions but in different order.
Obviously, the answer key to the petitioners’ set was also different. The petitioners alleged that they had been denied a level playing field to qualify. An answer key matching their booklet was uploaded initially on the PSEB website but taken off later, they have alleged before the court, praying that the PSEB be asked to resolve the dispute.