The Board of School Education, Haryana (BSEH), has cancelled the Haryana Teacher’s Eligibility Test (HTET) Level-3 examination held on Saturday, following complaints of alleged leak of answer keys in Jind.
“Following reports from the Jind police, we have decided to cancel today’s exam, but the remaining exams will be held as per schedule,” BSEH secretary Pankaj told Hindustan Times.
“The remaining Level-1 and Level-2 exams will be held as per the schedule on Sunday,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Jind police have detained three persons for allegedly leaking the answer keys of the HTET examination held on Saturday.
“We have rounded up three people and recovered answer keys from their mobile phones,” Jind SP Abhishek Jorwal told Hindustan Times.
The accused were identified as Amit and Radhubir of Narwana and Sandeep of Uchana Kalan of Jind district.
“Soon after the arrest, we informed the board about the answer-key leak. Many of them were correct,” said the SP, adding that the police had started investigations and more people might be arrested soon. “We are trying to find out from where they got the answer keys and how many candidates had contacted them. In the preliminary investigations, it is clear that either they had leaked the question paper or managed to get the answer keys,” he said.
The alleged leak of the answer keys would affect 1.37 lakh candidates, who appeared in the examination at 625 examination centres in the state. Heavy police deployment was made at the examination centres and Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) was imposed. Mobile jammers were also installed to curb cheating in the examination.
The board had issued strict instructions to the district police officers and use of all kind of electronic devices and mobile phones was banned in the examination. The candidates had to go through repeated inspections and security check-ups at the entrance of the centres.