Reservation data fudged in government schools

Education and social justice departments conduct camps that reveal errors in appointments of primary teachers.

Written by RITU SHARMA | Ahmedabad | Published:October 25, 2013 4:13 am

The state education and social justice departments have detected several cases of alleged fudging of data relating to appointments of primary teachers in the reserved categories,in government schools.

The errors mainly concerned listing castes not “reserved” at the time of appointments as “reserved”,leading to an inflated candidate list under the category. The errors also included showing merit-based appointments as “reserved” to speed up promotions.

In one of the cases,a teacher from the Prajapati caste,which is now categorised under OBC,figured in the reserved category in the roster even though his appointment took place before July 25,1994,the date when Prajapatis were included in the reserved category. As a result of this “error”,appointments under reserved categories were inflated,leaving lesser requirement as per the reservation policy. The other category of cases was that the percentage and appointments made under the reserved category was calculated on sanctioned posts,when it was supposed to be done on filled posts. In this case,if there was a difference between the two,projection of requirement for reservation would go down for future appointments.

These discrepancies were detected during the roster register camps organised recently for primary teachers at six different locations across the state,after complaints started coming in this regard.

For the first time ever,the two departments conducted the camp,collecting related records from District Education Officers and District Primary Education Officers.

“Mistakes that are usually termed as human errors in roster records,be it any department. But it is certainly difficult to check and term these under two different categories of human or intentional which is why these errors continue in roster registers,” said deputy director in the social justice department HG Bhabhor.

In the notices issued to all district education committee chairmen,DEOs and DPEOs,the education department referred to a large number of statistical errors and other mistakes that many a times is overlooked as “human errors”.

The Social Justice and Empowerment Department is in the final stages of the verification of roster records of all 26 districts. The verification will form the basis of a major appointment drive which is underway for government primary schools. The verification of records is also reported to have revealed the exact number of vacancies in primary schools that is at times not reflected correctly in the records.

Thus,based on the updated and certified records,the Education Department will carry out appointments and filling of vacant posts including the actual status under different reserved categories.

“So,Social Justice and Empowerment Department and Education Department has decided to jointly conduct camps to certify and verify roster register records. For this,all related records and a soft copy of roster registers along with information on staff maintaining these registers and computer operators have to be submitted personally at the given schedule and time,” read an education eepartment notice.

After the month-long camp that ended last week and was held in five districts,Surat,Rajkot,Vadodara,Patan and Gandhinagar,the departments are verifying records that have been collected so far. “Once the verification is over,notices will be issued to officials concerned,seeking answers for errors detected in records,” said a senior official of the education department.

Reservation in govt teachers across Gujarat Socially and Economically Backward Classes (SEBC): 27%

Physically Handicapped (PH): 3%

District-level quota for SC/ST

District SC ST

Amreli 9 1

Bharuch 5 40

Dang 1 40

Jamnagar 7 1

Kheda 6 5

Mehsana 9 1

Rajkot 7 1

Surat 4 40

Vadodara 6 25

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