Only 1.07 % of successful students who sat for the West Bengal Primary Teacher Eligibility Test (WBPTET) 2013 have passed the examination.
In response, the West Bengal Primary School Service Commission is all set for a retest for the students.
Out of the total 17, 51,000 candidates appeared for the WBPTET 2013 held in March 31, 2013, only 18, 793 candidates qualified.
According to sources, there are 34, 559 vacant posts of teachers in public and government aided primary schools from class I to V across West Bengal.
Only 18, 793 candidates have been selected through the WBPTET 2013. So, 15, 766 seats are still lying vacant.
State education minister Bratya Basu said that the WBPTET 2013 would be held again again on March 31, 2014. For candidates appearing in the WBPTET 2013 second time, no fees will be charged by the West Bengal Primary School Service Commission.
He added that counseling for the 18, 793 qualified students will start soon. In response to low pass percentage, Basu pointed out that while 1.07% candidates qualified WBPTET 2013, only 0.7% of the candidates qualified in similar examination conducted at the national level by the National Council of Teacher Education.
The first sign of protest came from the Left front leadership who alleged incorrect evaluation of the answer scripts, Basu replied that those students demanding scrutiny of their answer sheets are allowed to review by using the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
Latest news report confirmed that Primary Board chairman Manik Bhattacharya informed that two panels would be set up. The first would be for trained examinees and the second would be untrained.
The face to face interview date of the successful candidates will be declared in a short while.