The Bihar School Examination Board on Wednesday cancelled the affiliation of 50 more Intermediate colleges and schools because they don’t meet the board’s criteria to run the institutions.
The total number of institutions whose affiliations now stand cancelled is 202.
The schools whose affiliations were cancelled were under the scanner of the board after the merit scam surfaced in June 2016.
Around 212 schools and colleges were under the board scanner, as they didn’t meet the infrastructure and academic criteria for running the institutions. Most of the schools got the affiliations during the tenure of former BSEB chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh who is in jail.
Most of the schools whose affiliations were cancelled are from Vaishali, Saran, Samastipur, Gaya and Bhojpur districts. Vaishali was the epicentre of the merit scam after toppers Ruby Rai and Saurabh Shrestha failed to answer before the media basic questions related to their subjects.
The two students were from VR College, Bhagwanpur, in Vaishali district. The college’s affiliation has been cancelled and its principal and director Amit Kumar alias Baccha Rai has been arrested.
BSEB chairman Anand Kishor said: “With the 50 more cancellations, the total number of such schools and colleges who lost their affiliations stands at 202. The rest 10 have been issued show causes seeking explanation why their affiliation should not be cancelled.” The board norms state that an unaided school or college should have at least two acres of land, infrastructure for accommodating 350 students, a library with 500 books, separate laboratory for physics, chemistry, biology, geography, home science and computer. The rulebook also has fixed qualification guidelines for faculty and a detailed salary structure. But most schools and colleges lack such infrastructure. The Telegraph had visited a few schools in Arwal last year to find out how fit their infrastructure is. Most of the schools were running from a single room with basics missing. The schools had no teachers and students were irregular. The schools were set up to receive grants from the government.
Keshav Bindeshwari Higher Secondary School (Arwal) located 50m from the Arwal-Jehanabad state highway was running from a two-room rented building. When The Telegraph visited the school it found a room shut and the other carrying out official work.
The panel headed by Patna College teacher Randhir Kumar Singh won the election of Patna University Teachers’ Association (Puta).
Singh was elected president, while Shefali Roy and M.P. Trivedi were elected as vice-presidents. Abhay Jha was elected general secretary, while Amita Jaiswal and Ershad Ali were elected joint secretary.
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