In a sensational revelation, the UP Madhyamik Shikshak Sangh on Thursday claimed that a fake examination board was operating in different parts of the country, including Uttar Pradesh.
Named Board of Higher Secondary Education (BHSE), Delhi, the alleged unrecognised body has so far granted affiliation to over 300 schools in India, including 12 in Lucknow, claimed RP Mishra, a representative of the sangh.
Addressing a press conference in Lucknow, Mishra said the fake board was issuing mark sheets that were similar to that of the CBSE board.
“The Board of Higher Secondary Education, Delhi was in existence in early 1950. But with the setting up of the CBSE in 1952 several boards, including Board of Higher Secondary Education, Delhi were merged with the CBSE,” said Mishra.
According to Mishra, the board has no legal standing and right to give affiliation to schools and issue mark sheets to students. “The teachers’ body will bring it to the knowledge of the state government so that it can act against the board,” he said.
According to teachers’ association, a kingpin of the dubious board, Mange Ram Acharya, along with three others were arrested recently with fake mark sheets.
However, state coordinator of alleged fake board, Rajendra Kumar Srivastava said that those who were questioning the validity of the board must realize that despite merger there was a mention of the board in the Intermediate Act and the government has not deleted it yet. Hence it is operating. He said that UP Madhyamik Siksha Parishan was spreading rumours to malign the image of the board.
The so-called official website of the controversial board reads that it is an autonomous body, registered under Indian Trust Act, 1982. “The board is actively involved in studying areas of concern in higher and secondary education in order to ensure socioeconomic and cultural transformation,” reads the website which fails to give information about its office staff and key office-bearers.
The board claimed that as per education manual of government of Uttar Pradesh, higher secondary examination of BHSE, Delhi is equivalent to class X examination. It claimed the board was recognised by different state governments.
In UP, schools are granted affiliation by three boards, UP Board, CBSE and ICSE boards.