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Thursday, 18 April 2024 8.41 PM IST

Protests emerge over use of school funds for SSLC and higher secondary exams

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A contentious decision by the Education Department to utilize school funds for conducting SSLC and higher secondary exams has sparked strong opposition. The department has directed the exams to be financed from the Fund for Daily Expenditure of Schools (PD Fund).

Amid administrative challenges, the Director of Public Education and the Secretary of Examinations had petitioned the government to tap into school funds, assuring repayment upon receipt of government funds. Following government approval, the Public Education Department issued the directive.

However, teachers have vehemently objected to the move. Many teachers who participated in last year's exam evaluations are yet to receive their remuneration, with no provision made for improvement exam evaluations. Despite the government collecting examination fees, questions loom over its allocation, particularly fines from late payments. Teachers argue that these funds should be utilized for examination-related expenses.

PD account, earmarked for daily school needs and children's learning facilities has come under scrutiny. Last year, 44 crores remained outstanding due to examination expenses fueling teachers' concerns about ongoing financial strains.

S Manoj, General Secretary of AHSTA raised pertinent questions about the whereabouts of examination fees and urged the government to expedite the disbursement of last year's assessment wages.

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