Heads of two government high schools, both members of a team constituted by the Deputy Director of Public Instruction (DDPI), Bangalore South, were caught on Friday by the Lokayukta police with the bribe they had allegedly collected from teachers of an aided school.
Ramadevi, headmistress, Government High School, Tippagondanahalli, and Prakash, headmaster, Government High School, Cholanayakanahalli, have been arrested.
They were nominated by the DDPI to verify fee records of the aided school and work out the percentage of free seats available under the Right to Education (RTE) Act quota.
A press release from the Additional Director-General of Police, Karnataka Lokayukta, said V. AniI Kumar, police inspector, City Division, Karnataka Lokayukta, received information that the two, who were inspecting Vasavi Vidyaniketana High School, Basavanagudi, demanded Rs. 750 each as bribe from all the 17 teachers in the school to give a favourable report about the institution.
On Thursday, a complaint was registered with the Lokayukta police.
On Friday, a search was conducted by the Lokayukta police during which an envelope containing Rs. 1,000 was found in possession of the two accused. A sum of Rs. 10,750 was found in possession of Sridevi, vice-principal of the school. The police seized the cash and arrested Ms. Ramadevi and Mr. Prakash.
Reacting to the incident, Kumar G. Nayak, Secretary, Primary and Secondary Education, said, “The inspection is necessary to verify the book of accounts and arrive at the number of free seats. What we need to do now is make this process more transparent.”
About the possible steps the government can take to tackle such cases, he said information collected by the teams could be uploaded on the website. “We also require the schools to come out with the facts and figures. They need not pay heed to such overtures,” he added.