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Petition against HC test order

An appeal challenging the legality of an interim order passed by Justice Biswanath Somadder of the high court on Monday allowing the West Bengal Board of Primary Education to conduct its teachers’ eligibility test (TET) on March 30 was filed for hearing before a division bench of the same court on Tuesday.

The division bench headed by Justice Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya is likely to hear the appeal on Thursday, a high court source said.

Justice Somadder had on Monday allowed the board to hold the test on March 30 as scheduled on condition that the results won’t be published till disposal of the case and candidates with primary teacher training certificates will be given priority. He fixed the matter for hearing after four weeks.

The order followed petitions by Prativa Mondal and a few other candidates challenging the legality of the board’s decision to allow untrained candidates to write the test.

Mondal and others moved another appeal after Monday’s order. “According to an earlier order passed by the National Council for Teachers’ Education, candidates who did not have certificates from primary teachers’ training institutes cannot be appointed by the board,” the petition stated.

All the petitioners have completed two-year training courses at NCTE-approved institutes. Nearly 20 lakh trained and untrained candidates will appear for the test, seeking jobs in 32,000 vacant posts across the state.