The entire staff at a school in eastern India has been fired after it was found they’d not been to work for 23 years.

The 11 employees , including eight teachers, at the Rajendra Memorial High School in West Champaran played truant except to register their presence twice a year on occasions of national importance.

The matter only came to light after the Bihar School Examination Board Chairman Subhash Sharma carried out a snap inspection.

The inspection team found three men who claimed to be “dummy teachers” retained by the government-appointed regulars since 5 February 1981.

It was also discovered the names of most of the students enrolled in the school were fake

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