Friday, October 01, 2004

Entire School Plays Hookey. For 23 Years!

When Bihar School Examination Board Chairman Subhash Sharma one Monday morning, he found the entire staff of the Rajendra Memorial High School in West Champaran were AWOL. A little investigation showed that all eleven of the staff had been absent since 1981! The staff had hired three dummy" teachers (for a fraction of their salary), to maintain school activity. The regular staff only put in appearances twice a year on "occasions of national importance".

Even many of the students were fakes. Some of the names enrolled belonged to castes that did not even live in the area.


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