Orissa HC Asks for Update on Alleged Fake Teachers in Govt Schools

Bhubaneswar: The Orissa High Court issued a directive to the Director of Elementary Education of the state asking for an update on the progress in the process of identification of teachers who are suspected have got appointed by using fraudulent educational certificates.

The High Court also requested the concerned department to submit an affidavit regarding this matter.

A two-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Chakradhari Sharan Singh and Justice MS Raman added that the affidavit from the Director of Elementary Education should also address allegations concerning the admission of non-existent students, potentially for the purpose of misappropriating funds from the Mid-day Meal scheme.

The court came up with these directives during the consideration of a six-year-old Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that highlighted concerns regarding the appointment of teachers in government schools alleging that some teachers got appointments by submitting fake educational certificates.

A previous affidavit submitted by the Director of Elementary Education revealed that 384 teachers suspected to have used fake certificates had been identified, with legal actions initiated against them.

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