DIMAPUR, JUNE 23: The Rising People’s Party (RPP) has slammed the contention of Advisor for School Education that revenue extracted from alcohol sale should be used to overhaul the health and educational sector in Nagaland, terming it as “not only cringe-worthy but also a feeble attempt to cover up the misdeeds of the Department”.
Rather the RPP claimed that the School Education Department has no dearth of funds. “The reality is that the DoSE has no dearth of funds. The number one problem with the DoSE is not lack of money but poor management, poor leadership and fraudulent withdrawal of funds”, it alleged.
In a press release, RPP pointed out that for the NECTAR project, the World Bank and the Government of India gave DoSE Rs 629 crores to “Improve and enhance Government schools”, which is under implementation since April 2021.
Also, under Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), the GoI has poured in enough funds to upgrade the infrastructure of Government schools, it said.
According to RPP, district-wise RMSA fund allocation (45 GHS) is Kohima – Rs 1.13 crore, Phek – Rs 1.73 crore, Mokokchung – Rs 1.24 crore, Kiphire – Rs 1.32 crore and Dimapur – Rs 8.71 crore, which approximately comes to a total of around Rs 14 crores.
Further, citing the case of some 45 upgraded GHS, the RPP claimed that the funds released under RMSA could be much higher.
Under RMSA, the average funding is Rs. 58, 12,000 for each school. However, RPP said according to documents/pictures it has in its possession, most of the constructed schools are pathetic. Citing a case in point, the RPP said in GHS Solumi, Kiphire – a declared Aspirational District – the school was constructed with wooden materials (See photo) at the cost of Rs. 58, 12,000, which it said is simply criminal.
RPP also sought explanation from the School Education Advisor as to why there’s a syndicate working overtime in his Department. “Under the same RMSA scheme, M/s Khedi Trade & Development Agency, Kohima, was awarded the contract to ‘upgrade’ 45 schools in 5 districts. He should explain whether any tender was floated? He should also furnish a clear picture to the public as to how much funds have been released under RMSA till date”, it demanded.
Stating that the Advisor claiming shortage of funds for the poor performance of schools in the State “is disingenuous and ludicrous”, the RPP added, “The reality is that the DoSE is probably one of the State’s ‘Dirtiest Department’ – after taking into account the prevalent proxy teaching system, ghost teacher appointment, teachers’ attachment to SDEOs/DEOs, PD system, GT promotion controversy, non-payment of salaries, etc.”
(Page News Service)