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Bogus teacher tally rises to 75

Eight para-teachers in Bokaro were found to have fake diploma certificates on Wednesday, taking the number to 75 already, officials revealed.

Bokaro district education department, acting on a tip-off that many para-teachers in state-run primary schools showed bogus certificates, started the crackdown a week ago.

The department is currently verifying qualifications of over 2,600 para-teachers posted in 1,764 schools in the district.

Bokaro district education officer Rajiv Lochan reeled off the harsh set of penalties awaiting those caught with fake certificates.

“Their services will be terminated and legal action taken against them. We have begun the process to recover salaries paid to them,” he said.

To be a para-teacher, it is mandatory to either have a two-year diploma in primary teachers’ training from cradles affiliated to National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) or a B.Ed degree from a recognised university.

Many submitted bogus certificates of a “two-year diploma in primary teachers training”, apparently under the board of secondary education, Odisha. Santosh Kumar Karmali (Murktumba), Binod Kumar Mahto (Jilga), Pradip Kumar Mahto (Kharikhurd), Ritlal Mahto (Gardhwapar), Tabbasum Nag (Jhirki), Mithilesh Pandey (Chilgo), Sandhya Karketta and Nirmala Nilgiri (Gomia) are the latest additions to the list of fakes.

Gram panchayat samitis, which recommend persons, have also come under scanner.