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DM tests Bihar teacher’s GK: President Pratibha, State Governor Smriti Irani


For a woman schoolteacher in Bihar, Pratibha Patil is still India’s President and Smriti Irani the Governor of the State.

These answers shocked a district magistrate (DM), who has ordered a probe into the authenticity of the teacher’s qualification based on which she got a job in a government school.

The incident took place in Gaya district.

Kumari Anita, a teacher at a primary school in Dumri in Bankebazaar block, had approached District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar Agrawal at his janata darbar to request for a transfer to a school near her home.

When Mr. Agrawal tried to test her general knowledge, the woman wrote Pratibha Patil’s name as the President, and Smriti Irani — who is the HRD Minister — as the Bihar Governor.

This shocked Mr. Agrawal to such an extent that he has ordered a check on the authenticity of the woman’s degree.

“It was shocking for me. How can such a teacher with poor knowledge teach our children in a school?” Mr. Agrawal asked.

A district education official said Ms. Anita may now land in more trouble if her degree is found to be fake.

Action can be initiated against her, he said.

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