More than 1,400 Indian teachers with fake educational certifications have resigned from their jobs following a degree probe. The Patna High Court ordered teachers with fake certificates to resign to avoid facing state legal action, and the amnesty deadline ends July 8.
“The investigation is verifying qualifications of all teachers in the state who joined since 2006”, the Education Department Principal Secretary R K Mahajan has said.
According to Mahajan, more resignations will take place in the following days from teachers carrying fake degrees and fearing action taken against them:
“Altogether 1400 teachers have resigned from service. More resignations are expected as we have fixed a deadline of July 8 for it. The final figure of those who resigned will be known only after it,”
The secretary says that severe action will be taken against teachers who don’t honor the amnesty deadline as he considers their subterfuge a criminal act that’s punishable by law.
For teachers who continue working, the government will terminate their service and take action to recover salaries and benefits provided to them during their education service.
The division bench of Chief Justice L. Narasimha Reddy and Justice Sudhir Singh stated:
“We are amazed at the statement of education minister who himself made a public announcement that appointments have been made on fake/invalid certificates. But such teachers still continue in service.”
The eastern state of Bihar has allegedly more than 350,000 primary teachers, and the PILs (Public Interest Litigations) filed by activists Ranjit Pandit and others state that a high percentage, about 25,000 teachers, are on the job with insufficient formal education.
The Education Dept. Principal Secretary says that departures will not cause disruptions in the education system.
The Bihar government has submitted before the High Court that the investigations will take up to four months to complete and the High Court has ordered an amnesty deadline to ensure teachers have the time to resign if they want to avoid legal action taken against them. The High Court ordered the investigation in May of this year.
In May, Delhi’s law minister, Jitendra Singh Tomar, was arrested after a fake degree allegation. Yahoo.com, reporting on the ineffectiveness of primary school education and citing an annual survey, says that many Indian rural children are unable to read in their language even after completing five years of government-run schooling.
According to Al-arabiya, FIRs will be filed against teachers who are found guilty.