Bihar School Examination Board’s largesse in granting affiliations is getting murkier as the enquiry team has stumbled upon large number of schools without proper buildings or requisite infrastructure, including one located in an open field and another sharing the address of a service centre of a leading automobile company, that ‘managed’ to pass muster.
The BSEB is mired in controversy after disgraced intermediate arts topper Ruby Roy was shown on TV, saying she was taught ‘cooking’ in ‘prodikal science’ (political science). It led to the unearthing of the intermediate toppers’ scam in May and arrest of the then BSEB chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh, his wife Usha Sinha and Bachcha Rai, principal of the controversial VR College, Hajipur, from where Ruby topped.
Admitting that several schools have also been found to be running more than one institution from the same premises, Patna Commissioner and BSEB chairman Anand Kishor, said, “We have decided to start the process for cancellation of affiliation of 36 schools and colleges, which have been found grossly deficient in meeting the norms.”
Pointing out the case of Dr Nazar Imam International Higher Secondary School, Phulwarisharif, Kishor said, the inquiry team has found that the school does not have its own building and the spot revealed some plinth level construction. “The management has also submitted a request for closure of the school and offered to surrender the affiliation,” he said.
Keshav Bindeshwari Higher Secondary School, Arwal was found to be using the address of a automobile showroom’s service centre, while Trimurti Higher Secondary School, Ismailpur, Punpun lacked infrastructure and had shown a vacant agriculture land as its playground, in addition to running another evening school using the same infrastructure, he said.
We have issued show cause to all the 36, in addition to notices issued to 52 infrastructure deficient schools and colleges, listing deficiencies and asked them to reply, within 15 days, why their affiliations should not be cancelled.
Also, repeat inquiry has been ordered in case of five more schools, while six month’s time has been granted to St Michael Girls High School, Pirpaiti and Shree Shree 108 MRZD Inter College, Bishnupura, Begusarai to overcome minor infrastructure deficiencies, he said.
Maintaining that the team has been mandated to make on-spot into all the 213 schools and colleges that managed to secure affiliations during the last two years, he said that orders have been issued to file FIRs against Asharfi Das Sahu Samaj Inter Women’s College, Nirmali and Millat College, Birpur, both in Supaul, on grounds of admitting students without affiliation. “The inquiry process and action will be completed by September,” he said.
On being asked about the action against officers found guilty of connivance in the grant of affiliations to undeserving schools and colleges, Kishor said “Every aspect is being looked into, including who made recommendations and what were the declarations. Action will be taken against guilty and FIRs will be filed also against school managements where infrastructure is absent.”
As for the future of students, he said “As a special case, they will be attached to nearby schools and colleges so that their studies are not affected.”