funds embezzlement: 200 Sarlahi schools face closure
Jul 13, 2014-The District Education Committee (DEC) has recommended the closure of some 200 educational institutions, including gurukuls and monastic schools, in the
district that were receiving government funds.
The Committee made such recommendation after the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) initiated an investigation into complaints that educational institutions in the district that are not operational have received funds for various projects from the District Education Office (DEO).
A series of meetings of the Committee held before releasing the funds for various works at the district-based schools decided to halt financial assistance to such schools until further notice.
After the CIAA initiated the probe, 13 primary schools which were found to be have halted operation have returned Rs 3.8 million they had taken from DEO, District Education Officer Bharat Babu Subedi said.
Meanwhile, the CIAA has started investigation of possible misappropriation of funds by 315 primary schools registered between 2065 and 2067 BS. The CIAA has also initiated corruption cases against five DEO officials. Fearing stringent action, the owners of most of the schools
under investigation have themselves come to the DEO to apply for the formal closure of their schools.
Following the probe, DEO officials have also started strict monitoring of schools to find whether or not they are operational. DEC member and chairperson of Nepal Teachers Union Nawal Kishor Raya lauded the initiative taken by the DEO as well as the CIAA to end malpractices that that led to embezzlement of millions of rupees by educational institutions and community study centers.
Published: 14-07-2014 10:03