The VYAPAM scam had already plagued the entire state of Madhya Pradesh and more controversies adding to it is further putting the reputation of the Madhya Pradesh Government at stake. This time the government of the state has put the blame on the cash-for-job VYAPAM scam that has resulted in one of the worst scenarios in the school education of the state. The condition is such that there are around 17,874 schools across the state that has only one teacher in a school.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Minister of state for school education Deepak Joshi said, “A large number of teachers were found guilty in the Vyapam scam. There is a vacancy of 40,000 teachers but the scam delayed the recruitment.” “The MP Professional Examination Board is conducting online exam for fair selection. We are hoping that all the posts will be filled by December.”
These comments from the Minister of State were preceded by the report that was put on table by the union minister of state for human resource development Upendra Kushwaha, which revealed the shocking truth of the schools. The report said there were 105,630 schools across the country where there was one teacher. The scam has also put the state in the category of worst performing state followed by Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. The standard of education is down and with the VYAPAM scam; there is remote scope that anytime soon changes could be brought in. In this scam, 175 people were arrested for clearing the Contractual School Teachers Eligibility Test Grade-2 and Grade-3 conducted in 2011.
This scam entailed various rackets where candidates had paid for their seats, made impostors write their test papers, and manipulated the sitting arrangements so that the forged answer sheets could be supplied. It was at the order of the Supreme Court that the CBI initiated a probe in this multi-crore scam. There are other versions from the experts too who reprehend the policy of the government and say that it has nothing to do with the VYAPAM scam.
Vikas Samvad’s MP convener Sachin Jain said, “The Vyapam scam broke out a few years ago but the problem of shortage of teachers is 25 years old. An attempt to take education towards privatisation is the reason behind this shortage.”
What is to be seen is whether this shortage would be amended or merely appended to the scam and made a reason to sustain the scarcity. “The quantitative decisions related to school education are the second priority of the government. The crises are being created to give advantage to private institutes,” the convener also added.