An unprecedented scene was witnessed at the Jammu and Kashmir High Court recently. A teacher was told to take a brief exam in the open court. Wanting to test his abilities, the judge asked a senior counsel to give him a simple line to translate from English into Urdu and vice-versa. The teacher could not do it. He was then asked to write an essay on ‘cow’ in Urdu over which he huffed and puffed but failed. The judge even gave him permission to write the essay outside the court room, but this time too he was not up to it. The teacher claimed he had a stronger grip on Mathematics. But when the court gave him a standard IV problem to solve, he failed again! This test administered in court was in relation to a case filed, challenging the appointment of the teacher in a school in south Kashmir. His degrees were found to be issued by the Board of Higher Secondary Education, Delhi and Global Open University, galand — which are not recognised as per the petitioner’s argument. Directing the state government to constitute panels to examine degrees issued by unrecognized study centres, as well as to conduct screening tests for teachers furnishing such degrees, the High Court sternly said “tuck shops” in the education sector must be checked. “In this situation, what would be the fate of the state has to be only visualised. The school-going children....would pass out as blockheads,” the court observed. Surely this case must ring a bell in Assam too, with allegations against many teachers of arming themselves with fake Masters and Doctorate degrees.
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