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DIOS gets jolt as DM discovers fake ID card

WHAT DISTRICT Magistrate RN Tirpathi had to do was the job of the District Inspector of Schools (DIOS). Anomalies that escaped the eyes of the education department officials were noticed by the DM himself. Fake identity cards of teachers and supporting staff engaged in examination duty bearing forged signatures of officials of the DIOS office came to light on Monday.

india Updated: Mar 14, 2006 01:28 IST

WHAT DISTRICT Magistrate RN Tirpathi had to do was the job of the District Inspector of Schools (DIOS). Anomalies that escaped the eyes of the education department officials were noticed by the DM himself. Fake identity cards of teachers and supporting staff engaged in examination duty bearing forged signatures of officials of the DIOS office came to light on Monday.

During the DM’s visit to King George School, a guard was held putting up a fake ID card having forged signature of a senior official of the DIOS office.

Interestingly, the official concerned was also present there and it took no time to establish that the ID card was fake. The DM ordered an inquiry into the matter and sought an explanation from the school management as to how they procured this card.

From day one of the UP Board examinations, newspapers in the state capital have relentlessly highlighted cases of fake ID cards of invigilators and those deployed for examination duty. The DIOS office remained silent over the matter and tried to brush the issue under the carpet. Now that the DM himself detected one such case, they have intensified their work.

Interestingly, the office of the DIOS confirmed that they too had received specific cases of fake invigilators from King George School. The matter is currently being scrutinised and some action is likely to be initiated against those found guilty. Various teachers’ bodies have questioned about the source from where these schools procure the cards. They say that DIOS office staff should also be brought under the scanner as without their involvement, these ID cards cannot be obtained.

Such is the state of anarchy that the DIOS office shifted about 70 centre in-charges. The reason cited by the education department was further strengthening of the examination proceedings. But it has been learnt that these invigilators were shifted because of the continuous complaints which the district administration received from various quarters.

First Published: Mar 14, 2006 01:28 IST