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Taking ‘Grants’ for Granted

While Medium of Instruction (MoI) issue revolves around government funding to schools; it is surprising to note that 182 government-aided schools and institutions have not submitted their accounts since 2003-04 yet they continue to receive government funding; in the 2009-10 they received Rs 54.92 crores. GoaChronicle.com brings you this shocking revelation from the CAG Report 2009-10…

Out of the 182 school and educational institutions that received government grants, the Comptroller Auditor General (CAG) Report 2009-10 reveals that it has not received accounts towards the grants from a single school and institution up to the Year 2008-09. Yet the government of Goa continued to disburse government aid to the schools and institutions – total aid being Rs 54.97 crore in the Year 2009-10.
Eight schools out of the 182 school did not receive grants in 2009-10 allocations of funds; namely; Abhinav Vidyamandir, Mollem, Immaculate Heart of Mary High School, Goa Velha; KRSS High School, Savoi Verem; Kasturba Matoshree High School, Panaji; LD Samant Memorial High School, Porvorim; MIBK High School, Khandepar; Late VG Shenvi Vidyalaya, Rawanfond; Lokmanya Tilak Vidyalaya High School, Kavalem and Immaculate Conception High School, Avedem, Paroda.

From details extracted in the CAG Report, eight schools have not submitted their accounts for any audit or verifications since 2003-04 till 2008-09. Therefore in the Year 2009-10; the government grants were not applicable to these schools – Abhinav Vidyamandir, Mollem, Immaculate Heart of Mary High School, Goa Velha; KRSS High School, Savoi Verem; Kasturba Matoshree High School, Panaji; MIBK High School, Khandepar; Late VG Shenvi Vidyalaya, Rawanfond; Lokmanya Tilak Vidyalaya High School, Kavalem and Immaculate Conception High School, Avedem, Paroda.
Eight schools have not submitted their accounts from 2004-05 up to 2008-09 in the CAG Report; namely; AJ De Almeida High School, Ponda; AIM Salcete High School, Malbhat; Ann High School, Tivim; Cuncolim United High School, Cuncolim; Gomantak Vidyalaya, Dharbandora; Holy Cross High School, Bardez; Smt. Hirabai Talaulikar High School, Sancordem and St Jude Higher Secondary School, Betalbatim. However; these school for the Year 2009-10 received a total Rs 2.36 crore (rupees two crore thirty six lakh and ninety one thousand). While only Cuncolim United High School, Cuncolim the grants were not applicable too. AJ De Almeida received Rs 80.95 lacs even though it has not submitted its accounts since 2004-05.

According to the CAG Report, thirty-two schools and three colleges have not submitted their accounts from 2005-06 to 2008-09. The schools were Dnyanprasarak Vidyalaya, Mapusa; IVBD English School, Dhavali; Manguirish Vidyalaya, Aroba; Mapusa High School, Mapusa; Mata Secondary School, Baina; Mushtifund High School, Panjim; Navdeep Vidyalaya, Shiroda; New English High School, Keri; Our Lady of Desterro’s School, Desterro; Our Lady of Health High School, Cuncolim; Perpetual Succour High School, Navelim; Pragati Vidyalaya, Borim; RPRS High School, Bandoda; Ramakant D Khalap High School, Mandrem; Shiksha Sadan, Priol; Shri Bhagwati High School, Pernem; Shri Durga English School, Parsem; Shri Kamakshi High School, Shiroda; Shri Shraddhanand Vidyalaya, Painguinim; Smt Sunandabai Bandodkar High School, Carambolim; St Andrew’s Institute, Vasco; St Anthony High School, Monte De Guirim; St Clara’s High School, Assonora; St Francis Xavier High School, Siolim;St Joseph Convent High School, Nagoa Verna; St Michael’s Convent High School, Vagator; St Rita’s High School, Colvale; St Thereza High School, Santo Estevam;St Thereza’s Convent High School, Raia; St Thomas Girl’s High School, Aldona; The Rosary High School, Miramar and Viscount of Pernem High School, Pernem. However, the grants that the schools received in 2009-10 even though their accounts have not been submitted as per CAG Report were Rs 12.11 crore (rupees twelve crore eleven lakh and seventy thousand). Herein Perpetual Succour High School, Navelim received Rs 62.64 lakh while the second highest aid to St Andrew’s Institute, Vasco got Rs 62.33 lakh.

The institutions were Mallikarjun College of Arts & Commerce, Canacona; SVS College of Commerce and Management Studies, Mapusa and GES College of Arts and Commerce, Cuncolim which received grants of a total of Rs 1.55 crore (rupees one crore fifty five lakh and fifty seven thousand).
For the accounting period 2006-07 to 2008-09 in the CAG Report, eighteen schools had not submitted their accounts – Our Lady of Succor High School, Nagoa; Azmane High School, Neua; Our Lady of Divar High School, Piedade; Our Lady of Perpetual Succor High School, Cortalim; Sacred Heart High School, Parra; Sarvodaya High School, Usgao; Shri Hanuman Vidyalaya, Valpoi; Shri Katyayani Baneshwar Vidyalaya, Canacona; St John of the Cross High School, Sanquelim; St Joseph High School, Arpora; At Joseph High School, Aquem; St Rita’s High School, Maina Curtorim; St Rock’s High School, Tollecanto Velim; TB Cunha New High School, Aquem; Miracles High School, Sanguem; Infant Jesus High School, Cuncolim; St Xavier High School, Velim and Our Lady of Carmel High School, Curtorim. In 2009-10, these schools collectively received a grant of Rs 5.37 crore (rupees five crore thirty seven lakh and seventy five thousand). Herein St Rita’s High School, Maina-Curtorim received Rs 54.27 lakh and the second highest grant went to St John of the Cross High School, Sanquelim and the amount was Rs 52.78 lakh.

Up to 2008-09 from 2007-08, CAG Report indicates, that twenty-two schools had not submitted their accounts – Blessed Joseph Vaz High School, Sancoale; G S Amonkar Vidyamandir; Ideal High School, Taleigao; Marina English High School, Verna; Municipal High School, Vasco; Our Lady of Candelaria High School, Baina; Our Lady of Rosary High School, Fatorda; Shree Navdurga Vidyalaya, Marcaim; Shri Kamleshwar High School, Pethechawada; Shri Shantadurga Vidyalaya, Pirna; Shri Kamleshwar High School, Korgao; St Anthony High School, Galgibaga; St Pius X High School, Orlim; St Thomas Boy’s, Aldona; St Thomas High School, Cansaulim; Vidya Mandir, Chicalim; Vijayanand High School, Mayem; Sarvodaya Education Society High School, Curchorem; Pope John Paul XXIII High School, Quepem; Smt Chandrabhaga T Naik High School, Curchorem; St Mary’s High School and Ponda Sharada English High school, Ponda. Grants given to these schools in 2009-10 were Rs 8.27 crore (rupees eight crore twenty seven lakh and seventy nine thousand). Herein Pope John Paul XXIII High School, Quepem got a grant of Rs 64.16 lakh and the second highest grant of Rs 61.95 went to GS Amonkar Vidyamandir.

For the accounting period up to March 2009 from April 2008, ninety schools had not submitted their accounts for the government aid granted to the school. Yet grants to the tune of Rs 25.28 crore (rupees twenty five crore twenty eight lakh ad fifty thousand) were given to these schools as government aid in 2009-10. Herein the Rosary High School Navelim received a grant of Rs 93.73 lakhs while Our Lady of Grace High School, Bicholim got a grant of Rs 92.80 lakh and Loyala High School Rs 78.55.
While the government, politicians, parents and religious lobbies battle on the MoI issue which is about government grants for schools that want to opt for English as a medium of instruction; the CAG Report indicates that there is no accountability of the government grants that schools and institutions take and neither is there an audit or check mechanism initiated by schools or by the Department of Education to keep a track of the grants given to schools.
So, if the CAG Report shows that in the Year 2009-10 schools collectively received grants to the tune of Rs 54.97 crore; then unaccounted grants for the past five-years would have crossed over several crores and there is no reconciliation of accounts being done by many schools and the government for years.

 

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