Print Edition - 2014-07-11  |  Nation

Community schools ‘misappropriate’ funds

- PARBAT PORTEL, KAKADBHITTA

Jul 10, 2014-Many community schools in the district have been distributing clothes to students instead of cash as dictated by the government rule.

The government has provides Rs 400 and Rs 500 to each student belonging to Dalit and marginalised communities respectively and Rs 400 to female students up to the eighth grade. However, due to fund crunch only Rs 350 was allotted for the female students this year. According to a teacher at a community school, financial irregularities over the fund allocated for students is rampant in community schools, forcing students to settle for a mere two metres of cloth. The teacher said the schools misappropriate funds in collusion with members of the school management committees.

As the schools get discount on clothes purchased in bulk and parents are overwhelmed by the gesture, most remain ignorant about the financial irregularities in play. Moreover, the clothes distributed are of low quality. Meanwhile, the schools produce fake receipts at the District Education Office (DEO) saying they distributed cash to the students.

The school authorities justifying their stance said they were distributing clothes instead of cash to minimise the risk of parents spending the amount in alcohol or other indulgences. “As per the provision, student should be handed over cash,” said District Education Officer Ambika Prasad Regmi, assuring to take action against those flouting the regulations.

According to the DEO, around Rs 4.5 million was allocated for 11,290 Dalit students and Rs 6.2 million for 12,550 children from marginalised groups. Likewise, around Rs 10.3 million was allocated for female students in the district. According to Hari Mishra, an official at the DEO, in case of students studying in grade nine and ten, each student from Dalit and marginalised communities receives Rs 500 and Rs 1,700 respectively.

Published: 11-07-2014 09:18

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