The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) on Thursday released admission cards of candidates who will reapply for the state teacher proficiency test (STET) scheduled for September 9-21 in 12 districts in Bihar.
According to BSEB, 2.47 Lakh candidates are expected to complete the online STET in 60 exam centers for which the state education department has hired Bihar State Electronics Development Corporation Limited (BELRON).
However, after downloading the admission card, thousands of candidates, including women and aspirants of varying abilities, are in distress because they have been assigned exam centers 100-300 km from their home districts despite having exam centers in those districts.
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Many are concerned that they may miss the exam due to remote exam centers when there is no smooth public transport.
They also argued that even if train operations resume between September 4th and 13th for the transportation of aspirants from JEE, NEET and NDA, it will not help meet the transportation needs of STET aspirants because of the destination and timing differ from other ongoing exams.
Sadhna Jha, a candidate who lives in Patna, said, “My exam center is in Purnia. I am a mother of a one year old. It is not possible for me to commute 350 km with a mask for 14 to 15 hours twice a day. “
Rewati Raman Jha, an aspirant with other skills, said, “I live in Darbhanga, but I was assigned an exam center in Bihar Sharif. It’s difficult to commute to another district. My career is at stake. “
Vivek Anand, who lives in Patna, said: “My exam is scheduled for September 15th and train operations will cease until then. I have been assigned to the exam center in Gaya and I have to show up on the first shift, for which the registration time is 7am. “
Anand said, “I can’t figure out how to commute 130 km in the morning hours if there is no train system. Even if I choose a private vehicle to get to the exam center, it will take at least four hours to be on time. “
In the meantime, BSEB has issued guidelines for the candidates.
“The candidates should distance themselves socially and bring their own mask, gloves, a personal disinfectant (50 ml), a transparent water bottle and a pen, as well as test-related documents,” the instruction says.
Candidates were also asked to explain to themselves that they did not have close contact with a Covid-19 positive person. Candidates who do not have the Arogya Setu app on their phone must confirm that they have not tested positive for Covid-19.
This is the third time that STET 2019 will take place this year after two exams were canceled in January and February respectively.