The J&K High Court on Friday asked a teacher to write an essay on cow and solve a Class IV maths problem to check his credentials as a teacher. As the teacher failed to do so, the court ordered that an FIR be registered against him and directed the J&K government to screen degrees of all the teachers appointed under J&K government’s Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) scheme.
Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar on Friday asked Mohammad Imran Khan to write an essay on cow, both in English and Urdu, to check his credentials. The court was hearing a petition against Khan in which the petitioners had alleged that he has a bachelor’s degree from an unrecognised university. Khan failed to write the essay in the packed court room and requested the court that he be allowed to write outside. Even as Justice Attar granted him permission, he returned and admitted that he can’t write an essay.
Khan, however, told the court that he has good expertise in mathematics. Justice Attar then asked a lawyer to frame a maths question paper of Class IV and asked him to solve it, which too Khan failed to answer correctly.
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“This case throws up startling and classical example of the sale and purchase of degrees, for which many tuck shops were operating in the state. These tuck shops, who have issued the degrees, would be responsible for relegating the student community into the ‘Dark cave of Plato’,” the court observed. “One does not know how many such candidates with such degrees stand appointed as teachers. In this situation, the fate of the state has to be only visualised,” it added.
The court directed the education department to register a case and initiate action against the study centre that issued the degree. The court also directed the state government to set up a committee to screen degrees of all the teachers appointed as ReTs under the SSA scheme. The court also directed the government that Khan’s candidature for teacher’s post should not be entertained in the future.