St Columba’s School is in the midst of a controversy. The Delhi Education Directorate has withdrawn the school's recognition for allegedly siphoning of funds to the parent society that runs it.
The Directorate claims that over the last three years, the school had diverted close to Rs 1.83 crore raised as fee from students to the parent society.
As per a notice dated May 24, 2006 served on the school by the Directorate, the recognition of the schools stands withdrawn with effect from April 1, 2007. School principal Brother PC Christopher was not available for comment despite repeated attempts.
Over 150 other schools are also under the scanner for irregularities. “In September 2005, we found that the school had been diverting funds to the Congregation of Christian Brothers of India.
"There was also a letter in which the body had raised a demand for 12 per cent of the fee collected annually. Although the school has not denied this, there is no record of how the money has been utilised,” said an education department official.
Although the Delhi School Education Act allows school management to use funds for setting up another school, a 1999 High Court order had put on hold the diversion of money.