Rajasthan School Education Minister BD Kalla on Monday denied that the Rajasthan Eligibility Examination for Teachers (REET) 2022 had been leaked. The exam took place in several shifts on July 23 and 24.
Speaking to reporters in Bikaner, Kalla said, “If the diary had been leaked, it would have been before (the review). The article has been written and it (the photo) is going viral after the review.
“Nothing went viral before the newspaper; it means there was no paper. Now if someone on the inside quietly rips out two pages (of the questionnaire) and makes them go viral… the whole review went seamlessly,” he said.
Late on Sunday, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Kirodi Lal Meena had shared photos of some pages of the questionnaire, asking how the questionnaire, which was to be returned by applicants to examiners, found its way to social media.
Denying any leaks, Kalla said that “under the guidance of a committee headed by the Chief Secretary at state level, and with DMs (district magistrates) and SPs (superintendents of police) at district level , the reviews were conducted in a transparent manner. For this, I would like to thank the people of Rajasthan and the students.
He pointed out that “Following the leak of the REET paper last time, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot issued a strict law with 10 years in prison and a fine of up to Rs 10 crore. These measures have caused gangs who engage in cheating to fear that they will have to pay more than they earn. It also helped enormously (in the smooth running of the exam). “
Rajasthan Eligibility Examination for Teachers or REET is the eligibility test for the direct recruitment of public primary and tertiary school teachers in Rajasthan. The REET held in September last year involved around 31,000 positions, for which more than 16 lakh candidates were vying. The REET qualification is the basic prerequisite to apply for these positions. The exam is organized by the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education, which is also responsible for most of the arrangements related to the exam, including the setting of questions.
Rajasthan’s Congress government faced major embarrassment last year after police investigations revealed that the REET questionnaire, which was held on September 26 last year, had been leaked two days before. the exam. This happened despite the state government shutting down internet services in various locations across the state to prevent irregularities. The police investigation revealed that a questionnaire was stolen from an office of the state education department and later leaked, and the defendants received at least Rs 1.22 crore in paper exchange.
After the police investigation, the BJP had aggressively raised the issue and even demanded a CBI investigation into the matter earlier this year.
Then, in March of this year, the State Assembly passed a bill containing strict sentencing provisions of up to 10 years in prison and penalties in the form of a fine of up to to Rs 10 crore and seizure/confiscation of property, to deter cheating in public examinations.
The Rajasthan Public Examinations (Measures to Prevent Abusive Means in Recruitment) Bill 2022 had noted, “Leakage of questionnaires not only betrays public trust, but the state also incurs substantial administrative costs when exams must be recalled. A fair and reasonable process of selection for office, subject to the equal opportunity standard under Section 16(1) of the Constitution, is a constitutional requirement. A fair and reasonable recruitment process is also a fundamental requirement of Section 14.”
In his budget speech, Gehlot also announced the establishment of an anti-cheating cell within the special operations group to prevent irregularities in entrance exams.