Bihar : 56 more schools face the heat of clean-up exercise

Lack of infrastructure, teaching & non-teaching staff and their alleged involvement in unlawful practices has led to cancellation of 56 more intermediate colleges and schools by Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB). More than 68 schools had lost accreditation when BSES cancelled their affiliation due to alleged involvement in unlawful activities in mid-October this year. With this, the number of disaffiliated institutions has touched a whopping 124 since the intermediate scam surfaced in May. At least 212 schools were under the board’s scanner.

The affiliation of the schools have been cancelled by BSEB because the replies furnished by the schools to the show cause notices served to them were not satisfactory and the board had no choice but to take the drastic step to make the system fair and transparent. In the row are 21 more colleges and schools whose affiliation can be suspended following the recommendations of the probe committee.

The cleanup exercise comes after the merit list scam, which surfaced in May, days after the declaration of intermediate arts results when television interviews of arts and science toppers revealed they had little knowledge of the subjects they had supposedly aced. The disgraced humanities topper grabbed national headlines by claiming she was taught cooking in political science classes. She could barely pronounce her subject, which she referred to as ‘prodikal science’. The state government the subsequently ordered clampdown on the BSEB.

In the upcoming phase of streamlining the state education system, the BSEB would seek replies from district education officers who had forwarded their recommendations for recognitions to schools and colleges involved in unfair practices.

Two schools – Sant Jaleshwar Academy Senior Secondary School in Chapra’s Baralauwa and Siyaram High School in Rajapakar, Vaishali – have been given six month’s time to rectify their deficiencies. BSEB is still awaiting replies from 18 schools, which were put under suspension in the first phase. BSEB had also ordered a fresh probe into National Public High School in Bettiah, West Champaran.

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