Meghalaya Education scam: The infamous episode under imbroglio

Two years after their services were terminated following the ‘Education Scam’, the affected LP school teachers are yet to know the content of the report of the High Level Scrutiny Committee based on which the government had acted against the ‘tainted’ teachers.

Though many RTI applications were filed by the affected teachers and others, the Education department is yet to make the report public.

It was on February 28, 2014 that the Education department had terminated the services of as many as 246 ‘tainted’ teachers following the recommendations of High Level Scrutiny Committee which probed the ‘Education Scam’.
The task of the Committee was to segregate the ‘tainted and non tainted teachers’.
After the CBI unearthed anomalies in the teachers’ recruitment scam, the State government had insisted on the formation of the High Level Scrutiny Committee which finally got the nod of the then Shillong Bench of the Gauhati High Court.
Though the Supreme Court through an interim order on April 2, 2014 had made the formation of the Scrutiny Committee non-operational by staying the order of the Shillong Bench of the Gauhati High Court which facilitated the formation of the Scrutiny Committee, the State government has not revoked the termination.
However, the special leave petition filed by 40 ‘tainted’ teachers in Khasi Hills is still pending with the Supreme Court.
What shocked the teachers whose services were terminated is that the Education department had cited that they had a role “in getting their appointments through unfair means”.

However, the 107-page CBI report said, “It was felt necessary to examine J.D. Sangma, the then Director DEME. In course of his examination by the CBI, Sangma has stated that under the instruction of the then Minister of Education – Ampareen Lyngdoh – he had to change the score sheets as prepared by all the five boards duly applying white fluid on the original marks, as awarded by the members of the Board”.
Sangma had also reiterated the same in the lower court under section 164 CrPC during the initial investigation of the police.

(Source: The Shillong Times)

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