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TN education department begins crackdown on forged marks after teacher arrested

Chennai, July 20 (BPNS)

The Tamil Nadu education department has commenced a crackdown on the educational credentials of teachers who are working under it. Several teams have been constituted to conduct searches in all the schools in the state.

The education department officials during a routine inspection of a school in Tiruvallur district stumbled upon the records of a Government school teacher who was working there for fourteen years. The mark lists of the teacher on verification were found to be forged.

The teacher, Ravichandran (58) was working at Madathukulam panchayat union primary school on February 29, 2008, after he had completed a diploma in teachers training.

The education department officials conducted an inspection of the certificates of all teachers in the school on Tuesday and found that the certificates and mark lists of Ravichandran were forged and tampered with.

The Chief Educational Officer, K. Raman who was leading the team of education department officials immediately reported the matter to the police. The teacher was arrested on Wednesday morning and will be produced before a judicial magistrate court. A senior officer with the state education department told BPNS that the teacher will be brought in police custody for getting further details regarding how he was able to forge his mark list.

After the arrest of the school teacher, the department commenced scrutiny of all the teachers who have joined the government service.

Dr. G. Padmanabhan, Director, Socio-Economic Development Foundation, a think tank based out of Madurai while speaking to BPNS said, “ This is a shocking development and will give a bad reputation to Tamil Nadu education system. I’ve come to know that the Tamil Nadu education department has commenced scrutiny of all the certificates of teachers who have joined the service. It has to be properly studied as to how such a person got into the service and whether some insider had supported his entry. There has to be a major crackdown at the grass root level to eradicate this menace.”