Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The Orissa High Court has ordered the Director of Elementary Education to submit an update on the status of the identification of teachers who have been appointed in government schools by allegedly submitting fake educational certificates. The Court has also asked the concerned department to file an affidavit in this regard.

The two judge bench of Chief Justice Chakradhari Sharan Singh and Justice MS Raman directed that in the affidavit, the Director of Elementary Education shall also be required to make statement on the allegation in relation to admission of non-existent students for misappropriating the Midday Meal scheme fund.

According to Times of India, the High Court gave the order while hearing a six-year-old PIL that had raised issues pertaining to the appointments of teachers in various schools under the School and Mass Education Department by allegedly submitting fake educational certificates.

As per the bench, it was evident from the order sheets and records that steps have been taken to identify such teachers appointed by allegedly producing fake certificates. Some of them have also been dismissed and criminal cases have been registered against them. However, the process for the identification of such fake teachers is still underway.

As per an earlier affidavit filed by the Director of Elementary Education, as many as 384 such fake teachers have been identified so far and criminal proceedings were instituted against them.

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