The district education department in Bhopal has decided to survey repaired schools’ condition after some officials spotted that many of them were still in a shambles despite adequate funds had been released to get them repaired.
At least 41 schools in blocks Phanda and Berasia are in a bad shape. The education department had released Rs 50 lakh to get them repaired in January this year. The amount has reportedly been shown spent, but it doesn’t show in the repair works, sources said.
District education officer (DEO) Dharmendra Sharma said, “We will carry out a full-fledged inspection of these schools and give the report to the collector. The one who has mismanaged the funds will soon be found out.”
However, the engineers of the district education department claim that they were not given Rs 50 lakh. “We were given only Rs 25 lakh and the work is almost completed. But, the agency which had been given the contract was overloaded with work so there might be a possibility of few misses. I’ll make sure that the situation gets better in the next two weeks,” said assistant engineer Naresh Bhadkariya.
Eight schools from block Berasia, 23 from block Phanda, 9 schools which are under Bhopal Municipal Corporation had been given different sums of money according to the repairing requirements.
An amount of Rs 71,000 was sanctioned for repairing Raja Bhoj High School, but Block Resource Centre Coordinator (BRCC) Nagendra Singh Pudhir says he has no knowledge of this sanction. Some other schools too have been sanctioned an amount but BRCC doesn’t have any clues. Block Phanda did get some repairs done about two months ago. However, teachers say the construction quality wasn’t up to the mark.
Schools in the rural block located in Jamunia Kalan, Tikanikhedi, Kolukhedi, Kanera, Surajpura, barkheda Bondar, Chandukhedi, Rasuliya Pathh, Prasha Ajabpura, Sirmauri and Badhjhiri have dilapidated walls, ceilings and toilets which is a major risk for students there.
Sources reveal that the primary schools in Khohari and Bhauri are lying incomplete and students are forced to sit in a rented two-room structure which has no toilet facility, no library or a playground.