Incorrigible Bihar: School principals caught cheating in exams, suspended
Cheating in examinations seems to have become just everyone’s birthright in Bihar. In a fresh twist to this story, two school principals have been caught cheating in the departmental examination conducted by the Education Department. The examination was conducted on February 14.
As per reports, the examinations were conducted at four centres of Patna in which some 1200 principals, teachers, assistant teachers, clerks and other education department staffs took part. The participants were meant to clear the tests conducted in two sittings to get benefits of departmental promotions.
Much to everyone’s shock, however, a total of 15 examinees, including two school principals, were caught using unfair means in the examinations. Taking the matter seriously, the authorities have now suspended the accused persons from jobs for a year.
“All the 15 education departments staffs caught cheating in the examination have been suspended for a year,” State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) director Dr Murli Manohar Singh told the media on Thursday.
This is not the first time that the teachers have found involved in unfair practices. Authorities in Bihar have already registered cases against more than 200 schoolteachers for getting jobs by submitting fake degrees and certificates. The cases were registered by the state vigilance bureau (SVB) which is probing the matter after being directed by the Patna High Court.
The action follows after the time frame given by the Patna High Court to such teachers to resign on their own expired recently. Reports said more than 2,000 teachers resigned to escape severe punitive actions in the light of HC order but the authorities say the number of such fake teachers could be around 40,000.
Right now the matter is being probed by the vigilance department but the pace of investigation has drawn flaks from the court. In June last year, the court had directed the vigilance department to investigate into the appointment of some 40,000 teachers who allegedly used fake degrees and certificates to get jobs in the government primary and middle schools, and submit the probe report within four weeks.
All these teachers were absorbed into the government jobs during the massive recruitment drive launched by the Nitish Kumar government soon after it came to power in November 2005. Close to 400,000 teachers were appointed on contractual basis during the massive drive but now it has proved the recruitment excise was full of flaws. This became further clear when a huge number of such teachers failed the eligibility test conducted by the government yet they continued in their jobs.
Academic experts say the government failures to follow certain guidelines in matter of teachers’ recruitment have virtually destroyed the primary and secondary education in the state. This was amply reflected during the recent annual matriculation examinations when large number of parents and guardians were seen climbing up to the walls of a multi-storied examination centre in Bihar and supplying chits to their children, drawing global condemnation.
A recent survey conducted by the Anugrah Narayan Sinha Institute of Social Studies (ANSISS), the largest research institute in Bihar, says more than 80,000 teachers have been regularly staying away from duty everyday in Bihar without informing their seniors. Finding it a very serious trend, the government has now announced to crack down on truant teachers, stem the rot.
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