Mrunal Manmay Dash

Bhubaneswar: In a startling revelation in Odisha Assembly, State School and Mass Education minister Samir Das today tabled an alarming figure of fake teachers appointed in various schools in Odisha.

In response to a query by BJD’s Choudwar-Cuttack MLA Souvik Biswal about the number of fake teachers in Odisha schools, Das said, “As many as 15 such teachers have been caught in Primary education level, 77 in secondary education level while 125 Sikhya Sahayaks so far were found to have submitted fake certificates.”

Das further said that a probe has already been ordered to verify educational and caste certificates of all those accused teachers following which appropriate action would be taken against them.

“The process of their termination and criminal action has already been initiated against the erring teachers,” added Das.

Notably, reports of a large number of fake teachers unearthed in Ganjam district through an RTI query recently, which raised serious concerns on the quality of education imparted to the school children.