In its report, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, while auditing the implementation of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, found that 6.22 lakh students were not provided free books between 2012 and 2016 and around 97 lakh were not provided with uniforms during 2011 to 2016 despite funds being available for the same. The timeline concerned was mostly the same in which former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party government had ruled Uttar Pradesh (March 2012 to March 2017).
On the other hand, the audit in Firozabad, Maharajganj, Ghazipur and Sonbhadra has stated that 34.68 lakh extra books, costing up to Rs 4.23 cr, were procured during 2012-2016.
In a report published by Indian Express, it was observed that there was a shortage of 1.75 lakh teachers and the government did not deploy the existing faculty ‘rationally’. The CAG informed that schools with more students had less teachers and those with less than 50 students had more teachers. Even the physical verification of around 428 schools has revealed that there was shortage of as many as 272 classrooms in more than 100 schools, whereas there was an excess of 442 classrooms in 166 schools, reported CAG.
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Out of 1.6 lakh schools, around 50,849 had no playgrounds and around 57,107 had no boundary walls. Nearly 35,995 had no libraries, more than 2,900 had no drinking water facilities available. Around 1,734 schools did not have separate toilets for boys and girls. Adding to the list, there was no electricity in 34,098 primary and upper primary schools despite being electrified at a total cost of Rs 64 crore during the time of their construction, added the CAG report.
Further highlighting about the admissions for children from poor and unprivileged sections, the report stated that against the intake capacity of about 6 lakh such students, only 108 students were given admissions ub 2014-15 and 3,278 students in 2015-16.
In Sonbhadra district, CAG revealed that Rs 19.25 lakh was drawn in 2003-2004 for constructing 8 schools, however, these schools were either not constructed or not completed. The report also said that 2010-2016 saw a massive dip of 18 per cent in enrollment of children in government or government-aided school and increased by 36 per cent in private school during the same period.