New Delhi, 4 August 2022: The Maharashtra State Council of Examination (MSCE) has disqualified 7,880 successful candidates across the state, as they were found to be involved in an alleged TET Result manipulation case. The candidates have also been disallowed from appearing for the same exam in future.
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TET Result Manipulation Case – Details
- Earlier this year, investigation by cyber police in Pune revealed alleged malpractices in the TET result 2020.
- A report revealed that marks scored by as many as 7,880 candidates of Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) of 2018 and 2020 were increased by tampering with the evaluation process.
- Using the fake certificates the candidates obtained by malpractices, some of them secured jobs as teachers.
- Another revelation was that the marks of the candidates were allegedly tampered in exchange of Rs. 50,000 – Rs. 60,000 from each candidate.
- Tukaram Supe, suspended commissioner of MSCE and Commissioner Sukhdev Dere were among those arrested in connection with the alleged tampering of TET result 2020.
- Police also arrested the director of GA Software, Pritesh Deshmukh, who was responsible for conducting the exam, and Abhishek Sawrikar- a consultant with the education department.
- The accused people had access to the official website of the Maharashtra Teachers Eligibility Test: mahatet.in, which was misused for the tampering, as per the TET result manipulation case.
- Simultaneously, a case has already been registered at cyber police station under Sections 406, 409, 420, 465, 467, 468, and 34 of the Indian Penal Code along with Section 66(d) of Information Technology Act, and Sections 7 and 8 has been registered.
- Section 406: It entails that whoever commits criminal breach of trust shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.
- Section 409: It entails that whoever holds property as a public servant, banker, merchant, factor, broker, attorney, or agent and then commits a crime shall be punished with lifetime imprisonment or with 10 years of imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years. Such individuals will also be liable to a fine.
- Section 420: This entails that whoever cheats and thereby dishonestly tricks a person to deliver any property to any person, or to make, alter or destroy a valuable security, or anything which is signed or sealed shall be punished with imprisonment up to seven years. Such an individual shall also be liable to a fine.
- Section 465: This entails that whoever commits forgery shall be punished with imprisonment of either a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.
- Section 467: This entails forgery of a valuable security, will, or authority to make or transfer any valuable security, or to receive any money, etc., which comprises 10 years of imprisonment along with fine.
- Section 34: This entails that when a criminal act is done by several persons in furtherance of the common intention of all, each of such persons is liable for that act in the same manner as if it were done by him alone.
- Section 7: This entails that every expression that is explained in any part of this code is used in every part of this code in conformity with the explanation.
- Section 8: This entails that the pronoun “he” and its derivatives are used of any person, whether male or female.
About TET Exam
- The Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) is the minimum qualification required in India for a person to be eligible for an appointment as a teacher for Classes 1 to 8.
- The test is mandatory for teaching jobs in Indian government schools.
- TET is conducted by both the central and state governments of India.
- Most states conduct their own TET exams.
- The test is conducted to meet the objectives of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009.
- The TET certificate is valid for a lifetime.
Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 comprises the following:
- Right of child to free and compulsory education.
- Special provisions for children not admitted to, or who have not completed, elementary education.
- Right of transfer to other schools.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How many students have been disqualified as per the TET case across Maharashtra?
The Maharashtra State Council of Examination (MSCE) has disqualified 7,880 successful candidates across the state as they were found to be involved in alleged manipulation of Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) results.
What did the alleged candidates pay to manipulate the TET results in Maharashtra?
The marks of the candidates were allegedly tampered in exchange of Rs. 50,000 - Rs. 60,000 from each candidate.
What is the validity of a TET certificate?
The TET certificate is valid for a lifetime.