A full-time science educator worked at 25 schools at the same time. He procured a sum of over Rs 1 crore as salaries from these schools for more than 13 months till February 2020. The oddity became visible when a database of teachers was being made. He worked in Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV), a private arrangement for young ladies from more vulnerable segments of society.
Anamika Shukla is the name of the teacher. She pulled off even after the real-time monitoring of attendance in Primary Schools in UP. She is a native of Mainpuri. Anamika worked in all 25 schools at the same time and received a salary from all these schools. Vijay Kiran Anand, the director-general of school education, said that we are investigating this teacher.
The teachers in UP have to give their attendance on the Prerna portal mandatorily. However, it is shocking as to how a person can provide attendance at several places at the same time. Further, Anand said that he received a complaint regarding Shukla in March. And this matter needs a thorough investigation, he added.
Investigation Against Anamika Shukla
The officers were not able to trace her records because of the lockdown. Also, Mr. Anand sent a reminder to the officers on May 26. Further, he asked the officers to take strict action against the teacher if the allegations against the teacher are true. Mr. Anand had no details about the initial posting of this teacher. However, he is trying to verify it from the districts. He added, if the information against the teacher is accurate, then an FIR will be lodged against her.
Shukla was employed in KGBVs in districts like Ambedkar Nagar, Baghpat, Aligarh, Saharanpur, and Prayagraj, etc. One school of KGBV is present in each block of every district. Officials appoint teachers in KGBV schools on a contractual basis with a salary of 30, 000 per month.
It is not clear to the officers as to whether Anamika was using the same bank account in all different 25 schools. A notice was issued to her but didn’t appear in response to the notice. Officials sent her documents for investigation. Further, officials immediately stopped her salary.