Bihar School Examination Board suspends affiliation of 36 schools

Patna,Sept7: Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) on Tuesday decided to suspend affiliation of 36 schools and colleges across the state for not not complying with the prescribed norms and criteria to run these institutes.

“The Board has decided to suspend the affiliation of 36 schools and colleges for their failure to comply with the prescribed norms for running the institutions. These schools and colleges failed to adhered to the criteria and norms set by the Board on which they had taken affiliation,” BSEB chairman Anand Kishore said in a release here.

These schools and colleges have also been served show-cause notices asking them to explain why their recognition should not be cancelled, Kishore said, adding that the institutions have to reply within 15 days.

The Board was conducting an inquiry about schools and colleges which have been granted affiliation in past two years, he said.

Officials said the schools and colleges under the scanner were those which have been granted affiliation during the tenure of tainted former BSEB chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh.

The institutions were among the 212 schools and colleges in 31 districts which were being probed by a committee constituted by district magistrates to check whether they complied with the 18 criteria fixed by the Board to run educational institutions, Kishore said, adding that the committee made on the spot inspections.

Out of 212 institutions, the Board has so far received reports about 150 schools and colleges, and of these the affiliation of 88 institutions has been cancelled, he said.

Kishore, however, made it clear that students studying in schools and colleges, which have been suspended, would be admitted to nearby schools in special circumstances.

He said buildings of the schools were not constructed as per the criteria, besides there were shortcomings with regard to the appointment of teaching and non-teaching staff.

Most of the schools did not have library, laboratory, playground, sports equipment, fire safety norms, administrative room etc, he said.

Three months have passed since the Intermediate toppers scam broke exposing the affairs prevailing in the Board, specially during former Board chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh’s tenure.

Singh and his wife, ex-MLA Usha Sinha, have been arrested in the case.

A Special Investigation Team headed by Patna SSP is probing the matter.