Half of enrolled pupils fake: DEO

- MANOJ POUDEL, Kapilvastu

Nov 29, 2014-Only half of the students enrolled in schools in the district are found to be genuine, concerned authorities said. The matter came to light after a team of officials, including District Education Officer and assistant District Education Officer, school supervisors and resource persons, started conducting surprise visits to schools in the district.

The officials started the monitoring following complaints regarding negligence and irresponsible activities of various school authorities.

According to the District Education Office (DEO), field supervision of all 40 schools under Pakadi Resource Centre, 13 under Gorusinghe, 15 under Parsohiya and 11 under Chandrauta have been completed. Assistant DEO Surya Bhusal said they found many discrepancies during the supervisions. He said students were found to be less by almost 50 percent in primary level schools, 25 percent in lower secondary and 10 percent in secondary and higher secondary schools as opposed to their report submitted to the DEO.

The main reason behind the tendency of submitting fake report, according to authorities, is to receive more budget and other facilities based on number of students in schools. The DEO allocates funds for scholarship, procurement of educational materials, infrastructure development, grants and teachers’ salary based on the number of students.

The supervision also revealed that schools had failed to manage textbooks for all students, keep proper record and use appropriate educational materials. Likewise, the officials said they also found that many schools were not conducting regular meetings of school management committees and teacher-parents associations. Similarly, most schools were found to have to inadequate sanitation level. The officials, however, pointed out that schools with majority of female teachers were relatively better.

Meanwhile, following the supervisions teachers in the schools have started reporting to duty on time. Even teachers remaining out of school after signing the attendance register have been staying at the school full-time. The monitoring campaign was initiated by recently-appointed DEO chief Hari Gautam. He said they will supervise all other schools in the district in near future.

Published: 30-11-2014 10:15

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