District education officer (DEO) (secondary) Paramjit Kaur Chahal has sent an inquiry report to director, public instructions (secondary), to take appropriate action against Smriti Bhargav, headmistress of Government High School, Kotmangal Singh, who has allegedly been found collecting paper fund from students.
In the inquiry report, it was found that the headmistress was collecting the amount from students since September 2009.
In a press conference on Thursday, Sukhdarshan Singh, president of Nakal Virodhi Teachers' Front, said, "I had given a complaint regarding funds being collected from students to the DEO (secondary) in November, following which Nair Singh, principal of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Model Town, was deputed as the inquiry officer by the DEO."
He said according to the inquiry officer, it was found that paper fund (extra fee during exams) was collected from the students of Classes 9 and 10.
Also, though Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) had been sending `35 per student to schools to provide refreshment to students being trained in karate, the school did not do so.
HT has in its possession various documents and an inquiry report which reflect that the school had collected paper fund and extra school fee from students.
The funds are also called examination funds, which usually the schools get from the education department.
These funds are used for printing question papers for students. As per the schoolteachers, the paper fund collected from students is used for procuring attendance registers and answer sheets.
It is pertinent to mention here that Smriti Bhargav was recently promoted as principal in a Government Senior Secondary School at Moga.