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600 schools with fake pupils derecognized

600 schools with fake pupils derecognized

Prafulla Marpakwar, TNN May 29, 2013, 06.12AM IST

MUMBAI: Six hundred schools in the state have been derecognized by the school education department after it was confirmed that they had collected grants after showing bogus students on their rolls.
The 4,500 teachers associated with these schools will either be terminated or re-assigned. The derecognitions took place a month ago.
"The teachers will not be paid wages as they have been rendered surplus," additional chief secretary (school education) G S Saharia told TOI. "We followed the due process of law and gave hearings to the managements of these schools. We will try to absorb the surplus teachers but if that's not possible, they won't receive wages.''
Following a tip-off last year, school education minister Rajendra Darda ordered an in-depth survey of schools in Nanded district, hometown of Congress leader Ashok Chavan. It was found that 1.35 lakh of the seven lakh students in 3,475 schools in the distrct were bogus. After Darda submitted the report to the cabinet in September 2011, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan approved his proposal for a statewide survey on fake students.
Darda set up special teams to survey the one lakh aided and unaided schools across the state. "There was mounting pressure on the school education department to abandon the survey as most schools were controlled directly or indirectly by leading politicians. The department was able to complete the task and that too in a time-bound manner because of Chavan's support and Darda's firm stand,'' a senior bureaucrat said.
The survey revealed that 20 lakh of the 2.16 crore students were bogus. It was decided that schools with more than 50% bogus students would be derecognized and a stern warning issued to those with 20-50% fake students. All the 600 schools were issued show-cause notices by the deputy director of education.
"This is biggest ever action in the history of Maharashtra," said the bureaucrat. "We will save over Rs 1,000 crore following the detection of fake students. No grants will be paid for mid-day meals and uniforms for these students.''

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