A teacher from a Jogeshwari school had been posing as a member of a flying squad that visits exam centres. Other members of this bogus squad are yet to be identified. The Mumbai division of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education are conducting an investigation.
A flying squad consists of members of the board, members from office of the deputy director of education, the primary education department and the collector’s office. They are pressed into service to pay visits to exam centres to check on malpractices and how the exams are being conducted.
The divisional board recently received a complaint from a former board standing committee member that a bogus flying squad was making visits to centres in the western suburbs of the city. The member found about the bogus squad when he visited two schools in Jogeshwari, which had received visits from this squad.
“We found that a teacher from a nearby school had visited these centres on March 7 saying that she was a member of a flying squad,” said the member. “But we found she did not belong to any squad.”
“The western zone education inspector is probing the matter. If it is proved that the teacher was involved, she could be suspended,” said Siddheshwar Chandekar, secretary, the divisional board.
Officials suspect that she could have been trying to help students from her school who are appearing for exams at those centres.