Students in Rajanpur take a hit because of 672 corrupt headmasters

Pakistan Today

Almost 700 school headmasters were booked over embezzlement charges totalling Rs46.9 million in Rajanpur district of Punjab, local news outlets reported on Saturday.
According to the details, 672 headmasters and 30 officials of the education department have been nominated in a case pertaining to corruption in the funds, Rs100 million, allocated for schools after a report of the anti-corruption department in Bahawalpur uncovered embezzlement in the funds meant for purchasing school furniture.
It is pertinent to mention here that each school was given an amount between Rs1 million and Rs1.3 million for purchasing furniture.
The technical team of the anti-corruption department carried out a probe into the the matter on the directives of its director and found irregularities worth Rs46.9 million in a Rs100 million project.
On December 5, district authorities in Karachi directed for action against late-coming and habitual-absentee teachers.
The decision was conveyed by the District Central Administration (DCA) to the principals of the schools within its jurisdiction on Wednesday.
The district monitoring team has observed during its visit to schools that usually an absence from duty without prior approval is marked as casual leave from the school principals.
The directives while addressing the issue, said any off from the school without prior approval will be marked as an absent. Teachers were also asked to mark their attendance in the presence of school headmasters.
It was further directed that strict action would be taken against anyone who marks the attendance of others.

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