14 public schools under CIAA scanner

Bajura, December 23

The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority has started investigations into alleged financial irregularities in many as 14 community schools in Bajura.

The anti-graft body has started investigating schools such as Kanda Bhawani Secondary School, Devsthaliya Secondary School, Khapardevsthali Secondary School, Trishakti H. S. School, Bhanodaya H. S. School, Pashupati H S School, Kirtichaur HS School, and Devalkot Secondary School. Many of the schools are suspected of embezzling while developing infrastructure, as per Acting District Education Officer Dharma Raj Jaisi.

The CIAA’s Regional Dipayal and Mahendranagar offices have initiated a probe on the charges of irregularities while purchasing construction materials. Kanda Bhawani Higher Secondary School Management Committee had reportedly embezzled a huge sum of the budget and not prepared audits either.

The school, that does not have sufficient classrooms, has not completed its construction project yet, and students in the school are bearing the brunt.

Biraj Shoti, school inspector at the District Education Office, said the CIAA had initiated investigations on Tri Shakti, Pashupati, and Kirtichaur higher secondary schools, and Kailashwori Secondary School after they were found not keeping financial records and construction expenses properly.

Tri Shakti H. S. School was found to not have prepared financial reports for the past decade.

“More than 3.3 million rupees has been found to have been abused on infrastructure construction projects, purchase of books and computers, to name a few. Hence, the DEO started the investigation,” said Shoti.

The CIAA has filed a corruption case against teacher Shiva Narayan Yadav of Devalkot Secondary School, Gotri. As per the DEO, the case was lodged against him as he had posted fake certificates for the job. Yadav has been out of contact since April.

Similarly, corruption cases have been lodged against four teachers of Badimalika Campus, Kuldevmandu at Special Court.