All aided schools between Bandra and Dahisar will have to submit details of teachers who hold degrees from universities outside the state, said a circular issued by the education department on Tuesday.
On December 31, the education department cancelled the appointment of three teachers of Swami Vivekanand School in Jogeshwari and two teachers from Jawahar Vidyalaya in Goregaon after they found that the teachers had submitted fake BA and B.Ed certificates from Sampurnanand Sanskrit University in Varanasi.
“The schools will have to send us information on all those who got their degrees from universities other than those in Maharashtra by February-end so that we can ensure that there are no forged documents,” said PR Pawar, the west zone education inspector.
The department has issued show-cause notices to the schools and has asked them to reply within a week. It has also told the schools that they will have to reimburse the government for the salary paid the schools’ ineligible teachers all these years.
“We have been fighting for the past one year to bring these malpractices to light,” said Janardan Jangale, president of the Teachers’ Democratic Front, a union of teachers.
Parvati Agrawal, a teacher from Swami Vivekanand School, complained to the forum after first suspecting foul play when she found that someone who had been working as a lab assistant got a B.Ed certificate and began teaching.
Meanwhile, the education department’s third annual camp for approving teachers’ appointments for the year is in progress. The department sanctions the appointments of teachers in vacant posts in aided schools.
HV Gadhri, south zone education inspector, said, “Usually we check their originals at the time of appointment and keep a copy of these documents.”