Governor asks for report on SSC fiasco
Governor MK Narayanan has sought a report on the fiasco surrounding the School Service Commission (SSC) exam.kolkata Updated: Sep 20, 2012 12:14 IST
Governor MK Narayanan has sought a report on the fiasco surrounding the School Service Commission (SSC) exam.
The School Service Commission (SSC) exam held in July spelled pandemonium, unprecedented in its 14-year history, forcing the commission to spin a wave of conspiracy theories explaining the lapses and ordering an enquiry into it. Re-examination has been ordered in some areas.
“On September 17 we received a letter from the governor asking for a report on what went wrong on the day of SSC exam this year,” said Chattaranjan Mondol, SSC chairman.
The SSC exam is conducted every year to fill the vacancy of teachers in government-aided schools of Bengal. This year 7,26,000 students appeared in SSC to fill vacancies of 55,000 assistant teachers, the largest ever recruitment in the history of SSC exam.
But the three-hour exam spelled disaster in many regions of Bengal as the question papers failed to arrive on time. In many places where question paper came on time, the number of questions and OMR sheets were by far less than the number of examines, and in many exam centres wrong questions were sent. As if this were not enough, the admit cards of many students had names of wrong exam centres written on them as a result students ended up reaching the wrong exam venue.
As a result of the September 2 fiasco, SSC conducted reexamination of 1,945 students in five centres across the state.
“I met with the chairman of SSC on Tuesday. We identified three or four people in the commission who were responsible for the lapses. I don’t want to name them but we have already issued warnings and may also sack them,” said school education minister Bratya Basu on August 22 after the report was submitted.
“The SSC question papers were printed at Saraswati Press. We have decided not to print there anymore,” he added.