Kashmir education department sacks school teacher for producing fake certificate

Kashmir education department sacks school teacher for producing fake certificate
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Irshad Khan

Srinagar: A government school teacher was sacked by Kashmir education department for producing fake marks certificate at the time of appointment.

The teacher named as Hajra Bano, currently posted at Government Boys Middle School, Serch in Ganderbal was appointed as a teacher under Rehbar-e-Taleem in 2003.

Director School Education Kashmir GN Itoo in the termination order issued on Tuesday reasoned that Bano was terminated for submitting fake class 12 certificate.

“Sanction is hereby accorded to the termination of services of Hajra Bano, RRT teacher, Boys Middle School, Serch Chodribagh Zone Ganderbal, District Ganderbal with immediate effect,” said an order issued by director school education GN Itoo on Tuesday.

While the teacher was sacked, however, the order is silent about any action against the appointing authority.

Bano, as per the order, was regularised as a general line teacher  in 2008 and was deputed to DIET Ganderbal for undergoing D.E.Ed training course in 2015.

Accordingly the DIET sent her marks certificates in 2016 for verification to JK Board of School Education, which confirmed genuineness of Bano’s matriculation qualification certificate. But, the Board, “informed that 12th class certificate, which was produced by the said RRT (ReT) does not exist in their records, and as such declared the certificate as absolutely fake and fabricated”.

Ganderabal Zonal Education Officer sought an explanation from her in October last year. “…But she failed to reply within the stipulated time frame. However, she was given an additional period of three days, for submitting her reply, which was received on 3/11/2017, wherein she denied the allegations and requested for re-verification of the qualification certificate,” Itoo said.

However, the board iterated its stand about the phony certificate.

The board told the Chief Education Officer (CEO) Ganderbal that Bano’s class 12 certificate shown “to have been issued by JKBOSE, has not been actually issued by JKBOSE, hence be treated as absolutely fake and fabricated”.
Later, the department suspended the teacher and attached her with CEO Ganderbal office in December last year.
A departmental enquiry was also ordered to get to the bottom of the case.
The departmental probe panel also found that Bano’s class 12 certificate “does not exist in the board records and may be treated as absolutely fake and fabricated”.
“…prima facie, it is evident that the delinquent official has deceived the department and obtained appointment as ReT on the basis of fake/forged marks certificate, which tantamount to the office of perjury, involving panel consequences,” the order added.

It said, “The settled proposition of law is that fraud unravels everything and if a person has played fraud in obtaining an appointment, he/she should not be allowed to get the benefits thereof, as the foundation of appointment     collapses”.
A final notice was served in August to the said teacher currently posted at Boys Middle School Serch, Ganderbal, but she “denied the allegations with regard to the 12th class certificate, but stated that the said document stands already verified by the department way back in the year 2002…”