Himachal Pradesh Education Department

Poor education standard in HP Govt. schools, state failed to utilize Rs 129.80 crore (37%) of total received funds : CAG

The class 10 results during the years 2011-15 were very poor, as 16 government schools in the state had zero results, and 232 had results of less than 25%. In class 12, 10 schools had zero result, and 48 had less than 25% results.

SHIMLA- The Himachal Pradesh government’s boasting of improved quality of education has been proved wrong in the recent report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, which clearly reveals the poor level of education in government schools, where a large percentage of students have failed in classes 10 and 12. The government has also failed to utilize funds of Rs130 crore received from the Centre, which were to be spent on education.

In Himachal Pradesh, there are a total of 15,327 government schools, among which 879 are up to class 12, 1,608 up to class 10, 2,130 up to class 8, and 10,710 up to class 5.

In 2015, there were around 1,83,048 students studying in class 10, and 1,82,015 in class 12, informed the Directorate of Education. As per the CAG report, 50 per cent of students in 20% of these government schools had failed in their class 10 exams, and 14% schools had failed their class 12 exams.

The class 10 results during the years 2011-15 were very poor, as 16 government schools in the state had zero results, and 232 had results of less than 25%. In class 12, 10 schools had zero result, and 48 had less than 25% results.

The CAG questioned the centrally-funded Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), launched in 2009, that the state could not utilize Rs129.80 crore, which is 37% of the total received funds of Rs348.47 crore. The report also pointed to the acute shortage of teachers in schools. Even though HP chief minister Virbhadra Singh considers the filling of teaching posts among his top priorities, around 5,000 posts are lying vacant in the state. As per a policy of the state government in 2010 for identifying reasons of poor results, teachers in schools responsible for less than 25% results were to be fined, but as per CAG, the department could not take any action against such teachers.

The RMSA and Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan state project director Ghanshyam Chand said he had no idea about the non-utilization of funds in RMSA, as they were still examining the matter.

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