At a time when the CBSE Board exams are on, the Delhi Assembly witnessed uproar over allegations that the education department impels government school teachers to encourage examinees to use unfair means while writing the exams.
Leader of Opposition VK Malhotra and other senior leaders claimed that they often received “complaints from many teachers” that the education directorate would ask them to be lenient on students at examination centres — an allegation that had the entire treasury bench of Congress MLAs up in arms, including chief minister Sheila Dikshit saying the BJP had maligned Delhi’s teachers.
“How can they say something like this without any proof? This is insulting to the teachers,” she said outside the House. “I think to make these comments are against the people of the city.”
The issue was first raised by BJP MLA Shyam Lal Garg during the Question Hour, who alleged that the education department often put pressure on schools to improve pass percentage and even ask principals to allow students to “cheat”.
Immediately, several Congress MLAs rose on their feet, protesting the allegation and instead accused the BJP MLA of insulting the entire teaching community of the city.
Speaker Yoganand Shastri asked education minister Arvinder Singh to conduct an inquiry into the allegations. However, Singh told said that without any material evidence it would not be possible to conduct such a probe.
Later on while speaking to reporters, Singh said that the allegations were outrageous. "If what they're alleging were true, the quality of professionals Delhi produces would have been poor as students would've passed using unfair means. But that is far from the case and our students are regarded one of the best in the country," he said.
Lovely also added that CBSE has its own "flying squads" patrolling the centres and schools do not gain anything by allowing students to use unfair means. "So where is the question of anyone encouraging such a practice?" he said.