Mobile internet and texting will be activated in five districts of Rajasthan for 12 hours today, as the state holds a major exam to select public school teachers, the state government said. The move is aimed at preventing cheating on exams, officials said.
The highly competitive Rajasthan Eligibility Examination for Teachers or REET will see some 16 lakh students attempting the test for 31,000 public school positions.
District collectors in Ajmer, Dausa, Alwar, Jaipur and Jhunjhunu – the five areas where internet connectivity will be affected – can decide whether they want to extend or shorten the blackout period. Officials in several districts were given carte blanche to take a call over the mobile Internet connection, if necessary.
A person must pass the REET to become a teacher in the public schools of Rajasthan.
Given the large number of candidates expected to take the REET, the state government has made elaborate arrangements for safety and travel with precautions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Saturday evening, huge crowds of candidates were seen at bus stops in all 33 districts of Rajasthan as they prepared to travel to areas where their examination centers are located.
The state government had announced free travel for REET applicants on national roads and private buses. The North Western Railway operates 26 special trains covering almost all major stations to help candidates reach their exam destinations and return home.
The test is conducted by the Ajmer-based Rajasthan Secondary Education Council at 3,993 examination centers.
“All preparations for the exam are complete and we will ensure that there is no use of unfair means,” said board chairman DP Jaroli, adding that candidates who submitted several candidates had been identified, the PTI news agency reported.