The pet project of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal,to give quality education to children by opening Adarsh schools across the state,has run into rough weather with only 24 such schools functioning of the proposed 124. Following this,Badal on Wednesday directed the Director General School Education (DGSE) to issue showcause notices the 19 schools for financial irregularities.
No private player will be allowed to violate these norms under the Adarsh School scheme, Badal said while asking the DGSE to issue showcause notices to the erring managements,seeking their explanation for the alleged irregularities reported in their respective audit reports within 15 days,failing which,the government will take strict legal action.
According to sources,some time ago,after receiving complaints of financial irregularities from these schools,the DGSE had conducted checks of all the 24 schools. It was found that in 19 schools,financial bungling was taking place. In some cases,the private parties,who are running these schools,have shown 10 to 30 per cent more children being given admission to avail 70 per cent government grant. In reality,the children in these schools were much less,thus giving rise to the concept of fake students. While the maximum per student expenditure was Rs 1,600,the government was paying Rs 1,120 per student to the private parties.
Not only this,while according to norms,the students would not be charged at all,in these schools,students were paying for dress,books,etc. This amounted to nearly Rs 500 per month.
Moreover,while the number of teachers were shown more on paper,their salary was shown more than the amount they were actually paid. For example,if a teacher was shown to be given Rs 25,000,he was actually paid Rs 15,000 per month only,said a source.