The Delhi government has warned students and parents against being duped by fake education boards functioning in the city. There are at least 15 such boards whose authenticity has been refuted by Delhi’s Directorate of Education through separate replies to the multiple queries that it has received over the past few months.
The latest response about a fake education board was to a query regarding the “Board of Higher Secondary Education, Delhi” on 27 April.
Pointing out that the Government of NCT of Delhi (Delhi Government) did not have any board of its own, it noted that only three boards were relevant for Delhi – the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the Council for the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ICSE) and the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS).
The Directorate of Education only granted recognition to schools under the Delhi School Education Act and Rule (DSEAR), 1973. This was for the purposes of regulating the education provided by Govt./Private Unaided/Aided schools in Delhi, the reply said.
Boards were not recognised; they were created under statute or subordinate legislation, the Directorate of Education maintains.
In March, it had written to the “Grameen Mukt Vidhyalayi Shiksha Sansthan” based in Naveen Shahdara directing it close down its “illegal activity” after the organization approached it for recognition. It referred to the DSEAR to reiterate that “no Board/Institution can conduct public examination other CBSE, ICSE or any other board established or recognized by the Administrator”.
“Council of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, Delhi is not recognised by the Directorate,” says a reply to a query from Central Railway in June last year. The railway authorities had written to the Delhi government enquiring about the authenticity of the certificates issued to a person by a council by this name, seemingly in connection with a job application.
The other fake education boards for which Delhi’s Directorate of Education has issued similar clarifications are:
Central Board of Higher Education, Delhi; Delhi Board of Senior Secondary Examination; Delhi Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education; State of Council of Secondary Education, Delhi; Delhi Board of Senior Secondary Education; Urdu Education Board; Delhi Board of Secondary Education, Delhi; Board of Higher Secondary Open Education; State Council of Senior Secondary Open Education; Higher Secondary Education Board of Delhi; National Open School, and the Central Board of Higher Secondary Education, New Delhi.