Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) on Sunday decided to suspend the affiliation of 56 schools across the state for not complying with the prescribed norms and criteria. The Board also decided to cancel the affiliation of nine schools/colleges which were in-principle given affiliation but were not issued affiliation letters by it, Board Chairman Anand Kishore said in a release in Patna.
On inquiry, it was found that these schools did not live up to the standards and prescribed norms set by the Board for running the institutions. Besides, it also decided to lodge an FIR against an Intermediate College at Madhepura for its decision to start admissions even before getting an affiliation letter to run the institute.
These 56 schools have also been served separate showcause notices asking them to explain why their recognition should not be cancelled, Kishore said, adding, they will have to furnish their reply within 15 days. The Board is conducting an inquiry into schools which were granted affiliation in the past two years, he said.
Sources said schools which are under scanner are those which were granted affiliation in the last two years during the tenure of former BSEB chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh, the alleged mastermind of the toppers scam in the state intermediate examination. These institutions are among the 212 schools in 31 districts which are being probed by committees constituted by district magistrates to check whether they complied with the 18 criteria fixed by the Board, the Chairman said, adding, the committees made physical and on the spot inspections.
Out of 212 institutions, the Board has so far received inspection reports of about 177 schools. Of these, assessment of 165 institutions has been completed. Of the 165 schools, it has suspended affiliation of 144, including 56 institutions. Affiliation of 52 and 36 schools was already suspended on August 27 and September 6 respectively.