Correspondent

The district may lose Rs.15 cr.

Confusion prevails over the duties of officials

Teachers fear chaos in primary education

KORAPUT: The much advertised Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) received a serious setback in Koraput district due to it slow progress. If the present trend is allowed to continue, the district may lose at least Rs.15 crores, sources said.

The district had received a sum of Rs. 8.79 crores in 2005-06 out of which Rs.7.68 crores was spent in promoting

quality education through providing pedagogical and physical assistance to the schools and institutions. After spending almost the entire sanctioned amount, the aid was increased to Rs.16.29 crores during 2006-07.

But for the lack of co-ordination among the departments in the district administration, a large portion of the planned work has been hampered, the sources added.

Following the confusion over the distribution of responsibilities among the officials, the district has been able to receive only Rs.1.79 crore till date.

Origin of problem

While there is a scope to receive more in the next six months, the recent call back of a BRCC from Narayanpatna block to his school in the district raised fresh controversies with allegations and counter allegations made among the top-level officials in the Education Department.

According to sources, a committee was formed four years back in the district with the two DIs , the DPC and a representative from OPEPA as members while appointing the BRCCs. For calling back of the BRCCs too there was a need for the committee to sit together to discuss the situation.

Further handing over the charges of the concerned BRCC to the SI of schools has raised questions over the effectiveness of the schemes promoting qualitative education in the block.

The BRCC is a technical person on whom the government invests a lot of time and money.

Hence such hasty decisions beginning at Narayanpatna if was allowed to continue in the other parts of the district, the entire education system would be in chaos as feared by a section of teachers. A few teachers said that the BRCCs were appointed in the district to extend pedagogical support at the school level and transferring the qualitative aspects of education among the teachers while the SIs observe and regulate the uniformity of the teachers in the schools.

But with the encroachment of one over the other, primary education in the district has taken a back seat, the teachers felt.