Large scale irregularities ail education sector

- Madhab Ghimire, Biratnagar

Mar 9, 2015-If the number of complaints lodged at the eastern regional office of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) is anything to go by, education is the most corrupt sector in the country.  

As per the data made available by the CIAA, altogether 2,020 complaints of financial embezzlement and irregularities were filed at the regional office of the anti-graft body in the past one and half years. Of the total complaints, 587 were related to education sector alone.

“The highest number of cases is related to the education sector. The investigation show that majority of irregularities and embezzlement were committed while constructing school buildings,” said Dulluraj Basnet, the chief at the CIAA regional office.

Following the preliminary investigation, the CIAA filed 10 corruption cases at the Special Court, the majority of which is related to the education sector.

Of late, the CIAA has intensified its investigation regarding the fake academic certificates and teaching licenses of the teachers.

The anti-graft body asked District Education Offices of all 16 districts in the region to submit details about the schools operating there and the teachers employed by them. The CIAA aims to collect the details by mid-March this year.

It is suspected that about 200 teachers resigned in the region after the CIAA intensified investigation on teachers following complaints that they had produced fake academic certificates to get the job.

Published: 10-03-2015 08:51

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