Pegu told the mediapersons here on Wednesday that the verification process has already started and stern action will be taken against the guilty. “The matter has come to the notice of the chief minister, and so we have taken the issue very seriously,” he said.
A government directive has been issued to education directorates to verify the authenticity of BEd and D El Ed certificates, especially awarded by the universities of West Bengal. Secretary to state school education department Narayan Konwar recently wrote to the directors of elementary and secondary education regarding the “illegal BEd certificates”.
Konwar said the CM wanted a scrutiny of the BEd and D El Ed certificates that are mandatory for teaching in schools nowadays. “As desired by Hon’ble CM, Assam, you are instructed to check all BEd & D El Ed certificates thoroughly under your jurisdiction and intimate this department as early as possible,” Konwar wrote in the letter.
Sources in the education department said the crackdown has been launched, based on a complaint received by the CM’s office. Besides newly recruited teachers, many who are in service for years may face action, the official said. The letter received by CM’s office from one Hirok Sarma mentioned proliferation of illegal BEd certificates from West Bengal with 90% marks or more.
“It has come to my attention that many individuals in Assam are obtaining BEd certificates from West Bengal with exceptionally high percentages, which raises suspicions about the authenticity of these certificates. Such certificates may be obtained through illegal means such as fraud, bribery, or other forms of malpractice,” read the letter, a copy of which is available with TOI.