Over 600 schools under CIAA investigation

2015-01-07

Ekantipur

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Source: The Kathmandu Post

KATHMANDU, FEB 27 - The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has started investigation into more than 600 'fake schools' across the Tarai region for pocketing state funds by producing fake students, infrastructure and teachers.

CIAA officials said the investigation was launched following complaints that state funds have been  embezzled in the region.  "The locals have been accused of pocketing state funds," said CIAA spokesperson Shreedhar Sapkota. "Schools from Saptari to Parsa are under our scanner this time. We have categorised them as per nature of irregularities."

According to Sapkota, some locals were found to have embezzled the funds without running the schools while others are accused of promoting irregularities.

The anti-graft body has mobilised 30 investigation officers to speed up the case. A preliminary CIAA report suggests a majority of schools have misused the state funds by hiring teachers from neighbouring Indian villages while the monitoring teams from the centre carry out their investigations in the areas.