All Manipur Students Guardians’ Organisation (AMGSO) Manipur on Wednesday alleged the Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur (COHSEM) of carrying out unauthorised recruitments unnecessarily and urged the state government to form a committee and investigate the matter at the earliest.
AMGSO, in a release, accused COHSEM of being involved in nepotism asserting that some top officials at the office are allegedly recruiting their family members at whims. COHSEM, being an autonomous body is supposed to be a proper exam conducting body of the students but such misconduct has led the parents and guardians to lose trust in the council, it stated.
It mentioned various unwanted issues concerning COHSEM that occurred earlier, with the latest being the mass unauthorised recruitments allegedly carried out by former COHSEM secretary Chabungbam Biren during his tenure.
It pointed out that there were 86 posts in the council from its inception till 2016. However after 2016, the then chairman, Lamabam Mahendra and secretary Biren started carrying out mass recruitments, it accused. It asserted that the duo allegedly recruited 87 regular posts and five contract posts.
It further said that new 27 posts were recently recruited, bringing the total posts in the office to 119. It said that around 200 staff are running the office now, adding that the same indicates that the office is ungoverned. It also compared the number of staff at BOSEM with COHSEM and enquired the latter of the recent recruitment of 27 posts terming it unnecessary.
AMGSO highlighted the plights facing the students especially those from poor families during payment of examination fees and expressed discontentment that many destitute students have been compelled to drop the exam owing to financial constraints.
It appealed to the state government to form a committee headed by a retired chief justice of the Manipur High Court and investigate the matter at the earliest. It also drew the attention of the chief minister and education minister towards the same.