Teacher aspirants in Bihar have taken to the streets to protest against alleged irregularities in the Bihar Public Service Commission’s (BPSC) Teachers Recruitment Examinations (TRE). More than 1,000 aspirants qualifying simultaneously in two distinct categories have raised suspicions about the recruitment process. Former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi has joined in, expressing concerns about what he decries as a “money-for-job” scam in the teacher recruitment process.
A particularly glaring case emerged when Mukesh Kumar Singh confessed to being unqualified under the Secondary Teachers Eligibility Test (STET) criteria but still found himself among the selected candidates in the TRE.
In response to the protests, a delegation of teacher aspirants met BPSC Chairman Atul Prasad to convey their concerns. Prasad, in an attempt to address the situation, emphasized the rigorous filtering process to eliminate undeserving candidates and committed to disclosing the cut-off marks for all TRE papers. However, the protests continued, and the police used mild force to disperse the crowd.
The future of many deserving teacher aspirants in Bihar is uncertain due to the alleged irregularities in the recruitment process. The situation has left Bihar’s education system and recruitment procedures on shaky ground, and resolving these allegations is expected to be a complex task.