Teacher worked in sister's name for 21 years

She worked for 21 years as a teacher in Uttar Pradesh schools in the name of her dead sister and would have continued doing so but for her own stepdaughter.

The stepdaughter exposed the fraud and the education department has now dismissed the teacher.

It also ordered recovery of the salary and other benefits paid to her over the years while she worked at schools affiliated with Basic Education Council.

According to reports, stepdaughter Jyoti Sharma approached education officers in Saharanpur district last year complaining that Usha Devi had assumed her sister Shashibala's identity.

Jyoti said her biological mother Shashibala died in 1979. Her father then married the sister, Usha Devi.

In her complaint, the stepdaughter said Usha Devi changed her name to Shashibala and got the job of a primary school teacher on the basis of her sister's educational qualifications. The fake Shashibala continued working as a teacher for 21 years.

District basic education officer Shailendra Singh confirmed that an  investigation has revealed that Usha Devi secured the job with the help of her sister’s mark sheets, and had also assumed her name.


Though the education department  conducted a probe, Usha Devi managed to prove that she was indeed  Shashibala, sources said.

A property transaction by her a few months ago, however, exposed her  true identity, following which she was suspended in March.

Usha Devi then moved the High Court, which stayed the operation of the order, and directed the education department to conduct another inquiry within two months.
The fresh inquiry also nailed her lies, and two of her former classmates testified that she was indeed Usha Devi, sources said.

“Usha Devi’s services have been terminated and recovery proceedings will be started against her soon,” Singh said.

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