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Bhubaneswar: Lack of secondary schools and non recruitment of teachers have been highlighted in the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India report tabled in the Assembly on Monday. It also pointed out failures of the state government in implementation of major schemes.

As per the CAG report, though the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA)is supposed to provide for one secondary school within a five km distance from the residence, 3,167 eligible habitations did not have any secondary school. The State established only 773 out of 1,535 new schools proposed. A shortfall in school construction is evident while the quality of education suffered due to non recruitment of 4,790 teachers and inadequate training to them, the report states.

While number of government schools in the state decreased from 58 percent in 2009-10 to 53 percent in 2014-15, the percentage of enrollment therein to the total enrollment increased from 56 to 59 during the same period. Despite increase in enrollment, the government schools were not equipped with required teaching staff and infrastructure. With around 2359 teachers in 240 schools against the requirement of 1821 teachers, there is excess of 538 teachers. At the same time in 974 schools, there were 4256 teachers against the requirement of 7202 making a shortage of 2946 teachers, said the report.

CAG have found also several loopholes in development under Biju Kandhamal O Gajapati Yojana (BKGY) scheme. BKGY was launched in 2009-10 with Rs 1.5 crore special assistance for each block (Kandhamal 12 blocks and Gajapati 7 blocks) per annum. With an aim to focus on five core sectors including rural electrification, construction of all weather roads, livelihood initiatives and social security net for physically challenged, orphans and destitute, 732 villages remained unelectrified due to non-prioritization of projects under rural electrification. Of the 3870 villages, 732 villages were not covered under Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutkaran Yojana (RGGVY) or Biju Gram Jyoti Yojana (BGJY) till August 2013. On the other hand, the district authorities approved low value projects like internal wiring of schools and gram panchayat offices, street lighting and purchase of air conditioners for Seva Kendras.

The report also stated that the government is spending Rs 1.28 crore more than the required amount towards purchase of 1511 number of computers by District Collectors.

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