Guardians shut down school

2014-04-05

Himalayan News Service

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Guardians have locked Shree Janata Secondary School at Pattharkot VDC in Sarlahi district for an indefinite period citing the school appointed teachers through relief quota and PCF quota arbitrarily and lack of transparency in the school’s account, among others.

According to guardian Lal Singh Lama, they padlocked the school after the school did not provide scholarship amount to students from the indigenous communities since 2064 B.S, did not show the expenditure amount while constructing school’s building and did not advertise for the post of teachers and the office-bearers in the school management committee appointed their relatives as teachers.

Lama said they were compelled to padlock the school after their request to Chairperson of the School Management Committee Ram Chandra Mahato many times to form an investigation committee and make the account public went in vain.

They have lodged a complaint at the District Police Office and the Area Police Office, Hariwan against Mahato saying he misused 0the amount of the school, Lama further said.

Investigation into the case is underway, said Police-Inspector at Area Police Office, Hariwan, Krishna Prasad Sharma.

In Taplejung, teachers of a primary school at Sallakhu VDC-3 in Taplejung district have to share their salary with each other due to the paucity of funds for meeting their salary.

Teachers of Shree Radhika primary school have been facing this problem. The school has only one relief quota allotted to it and the teacher appointed on this quota is compelled to share the salary with three others appointed on private salary basis.

According to Principal Pancha Kumar Limbu, the school management committee made decision to share the salary among the four teachers after the school could not manage the salary for teachers appointed through private source.

It is said the fund made available to the school by the District Education Office is not sufficient to pay the teachers and the money provided by the local VDC Office for this purpose is also diverted to development works, leading to the shortage of money.The school was established in 2057 B.S.

(Source: The Rising Nepal)