By NVONews Staff Correspondent,
Patna: 20,000, 00 admissions in Bihar government primary and middle schools have been found to be fake and it is apprehended that this could be a big scam in a state which is infamous for the fodder scam of crores of rupees. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar faces probably his biggest challenge in this fraud as his government has been always praised for good governance.
And it is just the official figure. Political parties and independent sources say that it is much bigger than accepted. It is anybody’s guess that these fake admissions were meant for money given for uniform and mid day meal which can run into crores.
After keeping mum most of the time the bitterly beaten former chief minister of bihar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad had no demanded a CBI inquiry in this scam. On the other hand chief minister Nitish Kumar has already ordered an inquirty into this matter.
Lalu says that the sole responsibility for this scam should be fixed on the head of the stated clearly indicating the chief minister Nitish Kumar. He says that clearly it has been done to usurp the money. It would be of great importance how the opposition takes this issue because clearly the opposition due to poll debacle is totally down and out.
According to government constituted Bihar quality education missions an inquiry named as ‘cleaning of enrollment register’ was done to find out the presence of the students in government schools.
Principal secretary of Education Department of Bihar Anjani Kumar Singh says that under the cleaning of enrollment register programme the names of students having double admissions are being struck off. He says that if any student is found taking money for uniform or other schemes his or her guardian would be held responsible and action would be taken against him/her.
The finding of the ‘cleaning programme’ suggests that the huge number of students is studying in private schools, still there are names are registered in government schools.
Thousands of students of names are now being recognized as fake in all the 38 districts of the state and now thier names are being struck off. At many places the salary of dozens of teachers have been held for this fraud.
Similarly one student has taken admission in more than two schools to avail the benefit of the government schems.
According to Rajesh Bhushan, Director of Bihar Education Project, the average presence in government schools was found to be around 55 percent, so this inquiry was done. The admission register was checked. He says that this inquiry would continue even in high schools.
The government claims that there are 2.13 crore children of school going age and only seven lakhs are out of schools and the same number of students are studying in private schools. But with government’s own findings, the number of out of schools children is bound to be much more.
The RJD supremo Lalu Prasad says that the truth of ‘education for all’ programme is now open. According to him the statistics of admissions has been fabricated.