October 19, 2020

Scam whiff in teaching jobs

Patna: The arrest of two Bihar School Examination Board employees and three teachers working in government schools for alleged irregularities in declaration of Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET) 2011 results has once again exposed the the reach of the education mafia in the state.

The three BSEB employees arrested are Jata Shankar Mishra (assistant, central section), Amitesh Kumar (assistant programmer) and Ranjit Mishra (a Grade IV of central section). Apart from the arrest of three teachers, all from Begusarai district, there are 13 more teachers on the radar. These three government employees tampered with the 2011 TET results, which helped 16 candidates to join government schools as teachers. The arrest of board employees and teachers getting jobs against fake degrees has once again pointed out at the corruption in the board’s functioning.

University teachers and academicians have questioned the board being given the responsibility of conducting admission to undergraduate courses.

In 2011, the state government conducted the TET examination in which around 26.5 lakh candidates appeared and of which, 1.47 lakh candidates were declared successful.

Former Patna College principal and academician N.K. Choudhary said: “The issue is very serious, as teachers have got jobs by furnishing fake certificates. It implies that there was no scrutiny of candidates’ certificates in the examination.”

“While on one hand, the board is unable to conduct a single examination fairly, the chancellor’s office has again given the responsibility of conducting students’ admission to undergraduate courses to the board.” Choudhary said the 16 teachers, who are on the radar, is just the tip of the iceberg, as many more teachers will be caught if their degrees and educational qualifications are checked.

Echoing Choudhary, Patna University Teachers’ association president Randhir Kumar Singh said: “On several occasions, questions have been raised about the educational qualifications of teachers appointed through TET 2011. The teachers who were appointed in 2011 or before 2011 have poor knowledge of their subjects and the results indicate a drop in students’ academics.”

The teacher claimed that the school examination board was known for courting controversies every year.

On July 20, the board arrested three teachers and two government employees based on vigilance probe. The board on the complaint of teachers working on fake degrees had formed a committee headed by the chief vigilance officer, BSEB, Sudhir Shrivastava and vigilance officers Rajiv Kumar and Surya Narayan Singh.

A case has been filed at Kotwali police station in this connection and Patna police have formed a special investigation team headed by Patna SP (central) D. Amarkesh to probe the case.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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