General Line Teacher selection list caught in controversy

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Jammu, January 17: The District Subordinate Service Recruitment Board had released a list of 296 successful candidates who were selected as the general line teachers in the Education Department on January 14 but it has been stuck in controversy ever since with the allegations of favouritism and nepotism.

Highly qualified candidates who deserved to be listed in the selection list have alleged that the shortlisted candidates have been selected for their links with politicians in the state. The officials of this faulty examination system have favoured their family members and relatives for getting selected as general line teachers.

The candidates questioning the selection procedure have written a letter to the Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court with a request to take note of the mass copying and favouritism held in the examination. They have requested to reject the already made list and direct the authorities to form a new one with all the deserving candidates.

The district administration, Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) has assured that the probe will be conducted in the issue to identify loopholes in the examination process.

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Various reports say that the objective-type examination was conducted by DSSRB on October 1st, 2015 in which  9,076 candidates applied for the 296 posts. Around 7,000 appeared for the exam.

Pertinently, the question paper was of total 100 points, out of which 60 were kept for written test in the form of an objective-type question paper. It was conducted in two shifts at Khree Sultan Choo Sports Stadium located at Beamathang in Kargil.

The aggrieved candidates have pointed out the name of five family members and relatives of an DSSRB official who were listed in the selection list. Also, the family members of local politicians and influential persons made it to the list despite the fact that they were just class 12th pass.

These candidates also held a protest demonstration in the town with a demand of re-examination. They also alleged that the favorite candidates has used mobile phones to search for the answers of given questions.

The candidates alleged that the daughter-in-law of a local politician, who is holding an important position in the state, was preferred and selected over deserving and more qualified candidates. Also, the two members of the same family were selected under different reservation categories — Scheduled Tribe and Resident of Backward Area categories. Besides, another candidate who possessed certificates in both categories, was issued two roll numbers and he appeared in the examination as per his will.