It has now come to light that as many as 2823 teachers employed by government schools in Uttar Pradesh as far back as 2004-05 used fake degrees issued by the Agra University. The state government has decided to recover salaries paid to these teachers, which amounts to an estimated Rs 900 crores.
Renuka Kumar, Additional Principal Secretary in the UP Basic Education Department has ordered that FIRs be filed against these teachers by July 3, a senior staffer at the Agra University told India Today. Kumar has also directed officials to recover the salaries paid to these teachers, the staffer added.
After an inquiry by the ATS revealed this to be a massive scandal, block development officers (BDOs) of all concerned blocks were instructed to recover the salaries paid out to these teachers to date. However, the latest order by the UP Basic Education Department was issued after the BDOs were found feigning interest in the matter.
Inputs suggest that 930 assistant teachers have been terminated from services while action is pending against 450 others. Officials believe that each teacher involved in the scandal is liable to pay Rs 60 lakh back to the state government. Agra alone accounts for 249 of these teachers, 24 of whom have been fired and FIRs filed against them.
“Several teachers have sent applications to the Agra University to get their degrees verified and every application is being followed up closely. However, most degrees probed by the SIT, were found to be fake,” the Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar University staffer revealed.