Congress slams Govt over failure to conduct fresh MTET exams despite incident of question paper leakage

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The opposition Congress has slammed the NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government for its failure to conduct a fresh Meghalaya Teacher Eligibility Test (MTET) examination despite the incident of question paper leakage.

It may be mentioned here that leakage was revealed through an FIR filed with the Tura police station in 2019 after photos of all question papers meant for the examination flooded social media.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Congress spokesperson, Zenith Sangma recalled that the question papers for MTET were leaked from a centre under the Dadenggre subdivision.

“They (government) have withheld the results of MTET for Dadenggre sub-division but in other parts of the state, they have declared the results and gone ahead in appointing the teachers,” Sangma said.

Expressing disappointment at the manner in which the MTET exam was held, he said whatever the state government had done with this interview is completely wrong.

“The entire process should have been revisited and fresh examination should have been conducted,” Sangma asserted.

He said with present-day technology, the leaked question papers can be passed on to other parts of the state.

Earlier, the Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui had informed that the process of appointment of about 1,000 plus teachers is going on in almost all the districts except in East Khasi Hills which the interview is still going and Dadenggre subdivision, which MTET examination will have to be re-conducted.

Rymbui said it was last year that the state government had decided to fill up all vacancies and had conducted the Meghalaya Teachers’ Eligibility Test (MTET) as per NCTE norms.

When asked, the minister however said unfortunately, there are many sub-divisions and districts like in East Jaintia Hills, Amlarem, Baghmara, Williamnagar, Resubelpara, Mawkyrwat, where the number of vacancies is more than the number of qualified teachers.

“In view of this, we have decided to again conduct the MTET examination in the coming month so that these vacancies can be filled up at the earliest possible. The process is on and I hope within a very short span of time, we will be able to fill up all the vacant posts in the entire state,” he had said.