Following directions from the Union HRD ministry, states across the country began the exercise of weeding out fake enrollments and linking the Aadhar details of school students to a newly created a database.
When the initiative was taken up by the education department of the Andhra Pradesh government, it was found that more than one elementary school had at least 3.33 lakh fake enrollments of children in the state.
An HRD ministry officials said, “As the exercise began in Andhra Pradesh, the State authorities found that about 3.33 lakh students were enrolled in more than one school. The duplicate names were removed from the database. This resulted in a significant decline in the enrollment figures of the state for all types of schools included private and unaided schools.”
It is still not known whether the AP government had taken any action against the officials concerned over the irregularities.
During a project approval board meeting for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, the HRD ministry instructed the respective state governments to complete the exercise of updating students data linking with Aadhar and cleanse the database by the end of 2017 itself.
The States were also directed to create a database of the school teachers along with their Aadhar details.
Most of the states also saw a significant decline in their enrollment numbers in government and government-aided schools.
The HRD ministry is believed to have recently created an SSA-Shagun portal for monitoring the initiative.