Guwahati: Assam police on Wednesday arrested a TET invigilator for allegedly leaking the question paper of Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) 2021 on social media platforms. The examination was conducted on October 31st.
Police detained the invigilator on Tuesday evening after the principal of Cachar district’s MHC Higher Secondary School, Mustafizur Rahman, filed an FIR against him.
The teacher was identified as Baharul Alom Kausar Barbhuiya. He is a resident of the Hailakandi district. Barbhuiya worked at MHC Higher Secondary School, one of the 60 examination centers in the Cachar district. He was the invigilator at the center.
The leaked question paper had a roll number of a candidate on it. The roll number on the question paper made it easier for the police authorities to the center from where it was leaked.
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Throughout the initial interrogation, Barbhuiya confessed to taking a picture of the question paper after the examination. But, he claimed it wasn’t uploaded on social media platforms by him.
“I understand it was illegal to take a picture of the question paper. But I did it just to read them. I am a teacher. I analyze all potential study materials,” stated Barbhuiya.
Taking pictures of the question paper violates the TET guidelines. As per guidelines, the booklets should be kept safe until the results are announced.
“I only shared them [the photographs of the question papers] through WhatsApp with my roommate Aszad Hussain Laskar because he is also a teacher. We also discussed the paper. After returning from duty at around 2:30 pm, I took a nap as I was tired and woke up only after getting calls from friends, who informed me about the question paper leak and how my name was getting involved,” Barbhuiya explained.
The police officer stated that a group of professional experts under the police department is reviewing the matter. They are working to find the link from where the question paper was originally uploaded.
The Inspector of Schools of Cachar has further initiated a departmental probe. “There is a chance of departmental action against him apart from the actions taken by the judiciary,” stated one official from the education department.