RPP claimed that the reality of the DoSE is probably one of Nagaland’s ‘dirtiest department’ – after taking into account the alleged prevalence of proxy teaching system, ghost teacher appointments, teachers’ attachments to SDEOs/DEOs, PD system, GT promotions controversy, non-payment of salaries and others.
By Imna Longchar, TFM Nagaland Correspondent
Reacting sharply to the suggestion of an advisor in the Nagaland state assembly who stated that revenue extracted from alcohol sale should be used to overhaul the health and educational sectors, the Rising People’s Party (RPP) termed it not only cringe-worthy but also a feeble attempt to cover up the misdeeds of the education department.
RPP said the reality is that the Directorate of School Education (DoSE) has no dearth of funds but most schools in the state are reeling under poor management coupled with alleged fraudulent withdrawal of funds.
RPP said that for the NECTAR project, World Bank and the government of India gave DoSE an amount of Rs 629 Crore to “improve and enhance government schools” which was in implementation process.
The party also pointed out that under Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), government of India has poured in enough funds to upgrade the infrastructure of government schools.
The upgraded government high schools under the project mentioned Mezoma, New Market, New Tseminyu, Diki, Khonoma, Jakhama, Kamaleah, Akhegwo, Phokhungri, Kutsapo, Mesulumi, Pholary, Phek Town, Lozaphuhu, Khuza, KhulazuBasa, Tzudikong, Mongsenyimti, Yaongyimsen Compound, Phasang, Dibuia, Khar, Sumi, Phelongre, Chomi, Solumi, Seyochung, Mimi, Sitimi Town, Longya, Naga United Village, Moava, Sovima, Sarbura, Thahekhu, Burma Camp, Khaghaboto, Piphema, Singrijan, Kuhuboto, Purana Bazar, Medziphema, Nihoto, Khushiabill, and Nito.
While saying that the details being provided are just the “tip of an iceberg”, the RPP press statement said that fund (s) released under RMSA could be much higher as the average funding is Rs 58, 12,000 for each school, however, according to documents/pictures in possession of the RPP, most of the constructed schools are in pathetic conditions with an example of the GHS Solumi, Kiphire – a declared aspirational district where the school was constructed with wooden materials at a cost of Rs 58, 12,000 which simply does not justif, said RPP in a statement released on Thursday.
It was also informed that the Advisor should explain to the public as to why there is a syndicate working overtime in his department under RMSA scheme, M/S Khedi Trade & Development Agency, Kohima, where the later was awarded the contract to upgrade 45 schools in five districts.
“He should explain whether any tender was floated? He should also furnish a clear picture to te public as to how much funds have been released under RMSA till date?,” stated the RPP press release. Under the circumstances, the Nagaland advisor claiming shortage of funds for the poor performance of schools in the state is “disingenuous and ludicrous”.
RPP further alleged that that the reality of the DoSE is probably one of the state’s ‘dirtiest department’ – after taking into account the prevalent of proxy teaching system, ghost teacher appointment, teachers’ attachment to SDEOs/DEOs, PD system, GT promotion controversy, non-payment of salaries and others.
RPP rectifies data released on June 23 press statement (Updated on June 25, 2022)
Rising People’s Party (RPP) has issued a press statement rectifying its press release issued on June 23.
RPP said that there was an error regarding the table/chart provided in the press release. The party said that instead of Rs 14,14,83,337.86 sanctioned for the 45 schools in five districts under RMSA, the actual sanctioned amount was Rs 25,69,46,000, calculated at the rate of Rs 58,12,000 sanctioned for each school.
District wise RMSA fund allocation for the 45 GHS with number of schools per district and amount sanctioned or released included Kohima with eight GHS sanctioned with Rs 3,48,72,000, followed by Phek district with 10 GHS, Mokokchung and Kiphire districts seven each and Dimapur with 14 GHS an allocation
of Rs 4,89,03,000, Rs 4,53,07,000, Rs 4,06,84,000 and Rs 8,71,80,000 respectively amounting to more than Rs 25,69,46,000 crores.
RPP while regretting its error was also hopeful that the advisor and the principal director, DoSE, would come out with the actual facts and figures regarding the implementation of RMSA scheme in the state.