Teacher who topped recruitment exam says human body has 256 bones, arrested

AGRA: The 2015 district topper of primary teachers have been arrested by the Firozabad police administration for failing to answer even basic questions and submitting a fake mark sheet to secure the job.

The 28-year old accused was recruited as a primary teacher on the basis of merit. He also submitted a fake mark sheet of BPEd (bachelor of physical education) with 88% marks.

Ashish Kumar who emerged as the topper of the exam is a resident of Bhandari village under Shikohabad police jurisdiction. Earlier in 2015, the basic education department had issued notification for 12,460 vacancies of primary school teachers in the district and he got selected.

The investigation led by Chief Development Officer (CDO) Neha Jain found that the accused teacher had submitted a fake mark sheet to qualify for the job.

“Based on the merit list, Ashish Kumar was appointed as a primary school teacher in Umedpur village on May 3, 2018, though his documents were still pending for cross-verification from his college. Later, a complaint was received about scores of candidates submitting fake documents to obtain jobs. Therefore, district magistrate Neha Sharma formed a committee led by me to investigate into this. During the probe, we zeroed in on Ashish’s profile and found that he never attended the college,” said CDO Neha Jain while speaking to TOI.

She further added that, “According to Ashish, he has a Bachelor of Physical education (BPEd) degree and basic training certificate (BTC). But when we cross-verified about his mark sheet from the Agra-based degree college, the college denied of having any record of him. Later, we served him five notices to appear in front of the committee to explain his stand.”

“However, the last straw was when he failed to answer basic questions we asked him. The accused teacher told us that there are 256 bones in the human body. He said TET – which is teachers’ eligibility test – stood for “training education training”. He failed to solve class IV level mathematical equations too.”

Superintendent of police Mahendra Kumar said, “It was very shocking for us. I doubt that he is even literate, forget being the topper. An FIR has been lodged against him at Eka police station under IPC’s sections 419 (punishment for cheating by personation), 466 (forgery of record of court or of public register,) and 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating).”

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