The district administration in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhind is likely to recommend stripping a school teacher of his two Presidents awards after he was caught helping candidates to cheat in an exam, officials said on Friday.
Sunil Tripathi was honoured with the President’s award twice in 2005 and 2010, besides being felicitated by the state governor last year.
On Wednesday, he was caught writing answers on a blackboard for class 8 students appearing in an exam at a government school on the outskirts of Bhind, around 500 km from the state capital.
HT had published an exclusive report on the teacher’s act in its edition dated April 10.
Additional district magistrate (ADM) PK Shrivastav, who described Tripathi's act as "extremely despicable", said the administration will recommend to the state government to withdraw the awards.
However, any departmental action against the teacher would have to wait with the district resource coordinator (of Rajya Shiksha Kendra that is responsible for education till middle school level) DN Mishra saying that action could be taken only after the district education officer (DEO) returned from leave on April 13.
The joint director of school education (Gwalior division) Satanshu Shukla also said the incident was shameful especially because Bhind was already notorious for cheating in exams of various levels.
He said that he hasn’t received any report in the matter yet but action according to rules would be initiated once it was received. He too said that if there is provision to withdraw the president’s award, the process would be initiated.
The teacher had said that he was helping students to pass the exams as state norms did not allow any student to be detained till class 8. He later said he had realised of his "mistake" and would not repeat it in the future.