Aid Given to Madrassa by Central Misused

Published on: 03 May, 2013
Published under: General Kerala News, Kannur District News

3 May 2013
Kannur

The State government looked away as the Central funds for providing quality education in madrassas were siphoned off, flouting norms and regulations, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has blamed.The CAG report 2012 reprimanded the Directorate of Public Instruction (DPI) for misusing Rs 1.54 crore by paying full-time salary for part-time teachers under the Scheme for Providing Quality Education in Madrassas (SPQEM) in Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam and Palakkad.

“The DPI had not obtained necessary clarifications and approval from GOI before making payments of teaching grant of Rs 1.54 crore to 149 part-time madrassa teachers at the rate of full timers,” the CAG commented after examining the SPQEM in the four districts.

Each full-time graduate teacher was to be paid salary for 12 months at the rate of Rs 6,000 and post-graduate/BEd teacher, 12,000 per month. The CAG found that an amount of Rs 3.90 crore was paid to 152 madrassas in the four districts where the audit was performed.

The Central scheme was meant for children of educationally backward Muslim minorities who attend maktabs/madrassas/darul-ulooms that engaged largely in providing religious teaching and with very little participation in the national mainstream education system. But, in Kerala, very few madrassas are working as full-time religious teaching centres and all students have access to mainstream education facilities.

Source– http://newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/Central-aid-to-Madrassas-misused-says-CAG-report/2013/05/03/article1572765.ece

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