Jamshedpur: A string of sudden inspections conducted by the education department authorities has brought out some startling revelations. While on one hand villages of Jharkhand are still grappling with shortage of teachers in government schools, their counterparts in the city are presenting a contrasting picture.

In one such glaring example of distorted teacher-student ratio, there are four teachers in government school of Uliyan but the strength of the students enrolled in it is just three. As per statistics, the monthly expenditure on the two teachers is Rs 60,000. This indicates that the government is spending Rs 20,000 monthly on the education of one student.

The school at Uliyan is not the sole example in isolation, as there are many schools in Jamshedpur district which are facing similar situations. While at some schools mid-day meal scheme is running in loss, there have been staggering frauds in enrollments of students.

These discrepancies emerged during the surprise inspection conducted by District Education Officer (DEO) of Jamshedpur, Ashok Kumar Sharma. The DEO said to be taking action against the defaulters apart from submitting the inspection report to the Deputy Commissioner.

Every school had a different tale to tell during the inspection. At Bal Bharti Vikas Prathmik Vidyalay, Uliyan there were three teachers and eight students in one room. The minimum monthly expense on these teachers is Rs 90,000 indicating expense of more than Rs 11,000 on one student per month.

At a secondary school of Pardeeh, the mid-day meal scheme incurred a loss of Rs 1.09 lakh. For reasons unknown, school children were deprived of the mid day meal scheme between February 15 and March 6. Though school authorities confirmed the enrollment of 551 students but during inspection only 300 were found to be registered with the institution.

At Sonari located primary school in Mahatpora, only one teacher was found present while there were two teachers in the school, while only 19 students were found attending the class.

JPN/Bureau