Around 20,000 teachers, appointed on a contractual basis by the Bihar government between 2006 and 2011 on forged degrees, not only face dismissal from their services but also FIR against them following an order from the state education department.
Bihar Chief Minister Jeetan Ram Manjhi has ordered a probe into the mass appointment of 1.42 lakh teachers following last week’s reports in The Indian Express stating that over 20,000 teachers with forged degrees were selected for monetary consideration at all five levels of appointment from panchayat to district level.
Bihar Human Resource Department Principal Secretary RK Mahajan has directed all district education officers to speed up degree verification process and submit monthly report on dismissal of teachers with forged degrees. The government has so far removed only 779 teachers and around 20 of them face forgery cases.
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The Indian Express reports had revealed how various universities and institutions in whose names fake degrees were taken had asked the state government to initiate action against such teachers.
HRD minister Brishen Patel, who earlier said “bigger irregularities need bigger action”, had directed his department officials to ensure that degree verification drive be intensified and all new appointees’ degrees should be verified before disbursal of their first salary – the standard provision bypassed during the appointment of 1.42 lakh teachers.
So far, the state government has appointed 2.5 lakh teachers, including those who have cleared Teachers Eligibility Test introduced in 2012 to replace high marks percentage criterion.
Mahajan said, “A system is also being put in place to strike better coordination between Bihar State Examination Board and approved B Ed colleges. Educational institutions are also being asked to provide online information of successful candidates in professional courses with their roll numbers to help verify selected teachers’ results”.