Education secy calls for DEO reform


Himalayan News Service

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The District Education Offices, which play a crucial role in implementing government’s educational policies, are not managing their finances well, a top official alleged today.

Although the DEOs are instrumental in disbursing funds for the sector, which gets the largest share of budget, they are mired in financial mismanagement, Education Secretary Shankar Prasad Pandey said. The education offices are doling out money multiple times for the same cause, he added. 

“DEOs are spending money without maintaining proper records,” Pandey said at the inaugural session of the three-day District Education Officer’s seminar. “This troubles the Education Ministry, which needs to report to the Finance Ministry and donor partners.” 

Various donor agencies had written to the secretary on June 27 warning about the way finances are handled at the district level. The secretary said the ministry will hold separate consultations with DEOs which have failed to maintain financial records.

Pandey accused the education officers of concentrating more on making political contacts to get transferred to the districts of their choice when problems go out of hand. 

Pandey urged the DEOs not to bow to political pressure and monitor schools effectively. Pandey also underscored the need to submit reports to the ministry on time. A presentation on financial management is scheduled for tomorrow to give orientation to DEOs.

(Source: The Himalayantimes)