Patna: Bihar Education Project Council’s (BEPC) director Rahul Singh said the enrolment data of government-run schools are not “100% correct and clean.”
He said there are several instances of double enrolment of the same child, duplicate enrolments and inflated enrolments. There were only 60 to 61% attendance of children in the government-run schools noticed during three successive assessments done by three different agencies. It showed schools were providing inflated data about enrolments, he said at a press conference on Friday.
Furnishing BEPC’s view points on the objections raised by the CAG in performance audit of ‘Implementation of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) in Bihar’ at the council’s office here, Singh said that the education department was fully aware of the irregularities in the enrolment data. That’s why the department had launched a campaign to “clean the enrolment data” three years back, he said.
Maintaining that cleansing data in social sector a big challenge, he said necessary steps are being taken to check “double and duplicate” enrolments. “For this, we are going to maintain a register at village level. Enrolment details about each child will be entered into it,” he said.
According to CAG report, inadequate spending led to short release of Centre and state government’s fund of Rs 19,279 crore under SSA during 2008-13. Reacting on it, Singh said the Centre’s allocation was based on the number of sanctioned posts whereas expenditures could be made only against the filled posts.
CAG in its report said, “The Centre and the state government had to release Rs 21,964.18 crore and Rs 12,157.23 crore respectively but there was shortfall of Rs 12,231.60 crore and Rs7046.92 crore in the centre and state government’s share. The shortfall in release of share by centre and state government ranged between 22 and 73 per cent and 27 to 92 per cent respectively during 2008-13. Thus, the programme was deprived of central and state assistance to the tune of 19,279 crore.”