The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) on Tuesday cancelled the affiliation of 56 more intermediate colleges and schools in the state for lack of infrastructure, teaching and non-teaching staff and their alleged involvement in unlawful practices.
The clean-up exercise comes after the merit list scam came to the surface in May days after the declaration of intermediate arts results when television interviews of arts and science toppers revealed they had little knowledge of the subjects they had supposedly aced.
The disgraced humanities topper grabbed national headlines by claiming she was taught cooking in political science classes. She could barely pronounce her subject, which she referred to as ‘prodikal science’.
It prompted the state government to order a crackdown on the BSEB, following the merit muddle.
With this, the number of disaffiliated institutions has touched a whopping 124 since the intermediate scam surfaced in May. Earlier, the BSEB had cancelled affiliation of 68 schools. At least 212 schools were under the board’s scanner.
BSEB chairperson Anand Kishor said the replies furnished by the schools to the show cause notices served to them were not satisfactory and the board had no choice but to take the drastic step to make the system fair and transparent.
Kishor said the board had also decided to suspend 21 more colleges and schools following the recommendations of the probe committee. “Now, show cause notices will be served on them seeking replies within a given timeframe,” he said.
Kishor said two schools - Sant Jaleshwar Academy Senior Secondary School in Chapra’s Baralauwa and Siyaram High School in Rajapakar, Vaishali - were given six month’s time to rectify their deficiencies.
BSEB was still awaiting replies from 18 schools, which were put under suspension in the first phase, he added. He said the BSEB had also ordered a fresh probe into National Public High School in Bettiah, West Champaran.
The BSEB chief said in the next phase of streamlining the state education system, the BSEB would seek replies from district education officers who had forwarded their recommendations for recognitions to schools and colleges involved in unfair practices.