Close to 2,000 assistant teachers in government primary schools across Uttar Pradesh, who secured jobs under the disabled quota, are now under the scanner of education department for submitting “fake” certificates during the hiring process.
State Council for Education Research and Training (SCERT) recently found that the documents submitted by 1,932 teachers are “suspicious”. Now, all of them have been asked to present themselves before SCERT committee with all their documents for verification.
According to sources, the applicants submitted fake handicap certificates to join the basic education department as assistant teachers. Due to them, several disabled persons who deserved the job lost the opportunity to become teachers.
The scrutiny process by the SCERT was started after an order of the high court, which asked it to find out government teachers who got jobs on the basis of fake certificates. Following the HC instruction, SCERT found 1,932 suspicious recruitment under the handicapped reservation provision.
Now, SCERT has started examining original documents of each teacher. It is also conducting their physical test to verify their eligibility. So far, verification of 1,121 teachers has been completed while the remaining 811 are yet to be examined. As of now, 234 teachers have been declared guilty.
All the BSAs in UP have been asked to make a list of teachers in their respective districts who have not presented themselves before the committee for verification. “We have got the instruction to prepare a list of teachers who have joined the service under disabled quota. We have informed all the blocks to compile a report of these teachers,” Agra BSA Archna Gupta told TOI.