September 27, 2016 12:21:33 am
WITH AFFILIATION of 56 more schools and intermediate colleges suspended, the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) has till date de-affiliated 144 of 165 educational institutions as part of its attempt to revamp the education system in the wake of the toppers’ and Board affiliation scams.
BSEB is carrying out inspection of 212 schools that were granted affiliation over the last two years, when Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh was the Board chairman. Singh, a prime accused in the twin scams, has been chargesheeted and is now in jail.
BSEB chairman Anand Kishor said the BSEB has also cancelled affiliation of nine institutions that had been given affiliation but had not been issued letters to that effect. He said an FIR has been lodged against one school for admitting students even though it did not get an affiliation letter from the Board.
So far, 30 people including 20 public servants, have been named in the scam.
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The Indian Express had carried a “Schools of Scandal” series in July showing most schools had been given affiliation in contravention of norms, and that most institutions did not have teachers and students, with some being run only on paper. As part of its effort to improve the system, the BSEB has now decided to introduce a digital evaluation system. In this, evaluators will have to allot marks online and hard copies of the answer sheets will remain in the Board’s strong room.
The toppers’ scam had surfaced after an Arts and a Science topper — both among the accused — failed to answer even basic questions related to their subject during media interviews after the Class XII state Board results. On Monday, students of Vishun Rai College in Vaishali district, where both the toppers in question studied, protested and demanded that the institution should give their Board examination mark sheets. The students said they are not facing any accusation and must not suffer due to “misdeeds” of the college principal, Bachcha Rai, one of the main accused who is in jail.
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