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Nitish govt faces CAG flak for affairs in sec edu

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has castigated the Nitish Kumar government for the state of affairs in secondary education in the state.



Patna: The Comptroller and Auditor General
of India has castigated the Nitish Kumar government for the
state of affairs in secondary education in the state.

Talking to reporters here, Principal Accountant General
of Bihar, Preman Dinaraj today said though the enrolment of
students increased by 60 per cent in the state during 2005-10,
the implementation of secondary education programme suffered
right from the planning stage due to lack of reliable data,
absence of long term plans and realistic annual plans of
operations.

Savings in plan budget ranged between 28 and 82 per cent
during 2005-10, Dinaraj said.

Despite provision of separate fund of Rs 1404 crore
under strengthening of plus two education, the upgradations
were done without considering the availability of qualified
teachers, classroom, laboratories and other infrastructural
facilities, he said quoting the CAG report for the period
that ended on March 31, 2010.

There was gross mismatch between number of classroom,
bench-desks and number of students enrolled in the 241
test-checked schools.

In 139 schools there was one classroom for 70 to 408
students, while in 51 schools only one classroom was available
for two to four sections. In 64 schools only one bench-desk
was available for 7 to 15 students while in 18 schools 16 to
41 students were left with single bench to sit on.

The CAG in its report said in 22 schools checked, one
school had nine teachers but no students, whereas in four
others the number of students ranged from 141 to 741 without a
single teacher.

Dinaraj, quoting CAG report, said that against the
required number of 58760 teachers in the state as per Common
Education Commissions report, the sanctioned strength of
teachers was 34223 against which 26631 teachers were available
in the state.

Even subject-wise teachers, so important at the
secondary level, were not available in most of the
test-checked schools, he said.

Computer and vocational education remained negligible at
the secondary school level despite emphasis on these streams
in the National Policy on Education, the CAG report said.

There was no data regarding anticipated enrollment,
number of sanctioned posts, infrastructure or even the number
of time bound proposals for opening of new schools under the
district education officer.

Even the girls high schools project have not started in
any block after 1985, it added.

PTI

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