More than 23% government schools in the Capital do not have playgrounds, the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India has observed.
An audit of the directorate of education has revealed that there were delays in construction of school buildings, resulting in cost overrun apart from depriving schools of adequate infrastructure. “Playgrounds were not available in 33 of the 143 test checked schools,” the report revealed.
The report also said that there was delay in allocation of budget for plan schemes such as uniform subsidy and supply of free text books to students. The directorate of education suffered from shortages of manpower in every cadre.
“Funds for 2010-11 were allocated only in February-March 2011. These schemes were intended to financially assist poor children so that their studies were not affected due to economic hardships. Delay in releasing of funds defeated the very purpose of the schemes as students require books, uniforms and stationery items at the beginning of the academic year,” observes the CAG.
The audit also found that the pupil teacher ratio in government schools varied from 10 to 276 whereas in terms of provisions of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, this should not be more than 40. Further, 106 schools were upgraded without allocating qualified additional manpower.
Bills for supply of mid-day meals were not always accompanied by test certificates issued by authorised labs. Test check of 415 bills aggregating Rs 112.53 lakh revealed that only 66 bills were supported by test certificates. Of these, 66 certificates, 42 involving Rs 15.16 lakh indicated supply of substandard meals.
There was also shortage of classrooms in 61 out of 143 test checked schools. Though it is mandatory to inspect every school once a year, only 2-3 per cent unaided schools were being inspected. Aided schools weren’t inspected at all, the audit found.