Parents accuse teacher of swindling funds meant for students*CEO assures action, ZEO...

Parents accuse teacher of swindling funds meant for students*CEO assures action, ZEO asked to probe into the allegations

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3d man tied with text 'fraud' after committing crime.Pattan, Saleem Yousuf,Aug 22, CNS: Hundreds of parents Friday alleged that a particular teacher at Government Girls High School Pattan in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district has swindled the scholarship money and other benefits provided by Government to their girl students. These parents along with the girl students staged a protest in Pattan seeking thorough probe into the embezzlement of funds.

    The protestors told CNS that a particular teacher (name withheld) at the school who also acts as a clerk always finds ways and means to mint money from the poor girl student. “We maintained silence so far but it is high time we expose this tainted teacher. Instead of collecting Rs 930 as Registration fee at the start of the session, the said teacher forced students to pay Rs 1250 without providing receipts,” they alleged.

    The protestors further said that session is almost over but the students have not so far received uniforms from the school. “Officials informed us that they have already transferred money to school account for providing free uniforms to students but the particular teacher who takes care of the school account has also swindled that money,” the father of a girl student Muhammad Ramzan told CNS.

    A top official from Zonal Education Office Pattan confirmed that they transferred money for supplying free uniforms to the students some six months back to the school bank account.

    The parents further said that Department of Social Welfare provided scholarship of Rs 1900 each to 78 students but that money has also been swindled by the particular teacher.

    Principal Government Girls High School Pattan, Ghulam Ahmed admitted that children have not been provided uniforms, scholarship and some students had been charged extra registration fee. “We will take action against the said teacher he has gone on leave,” he said.

    Chief Education Officer Baramulla, Abdul Rouf told CNS that he has directed ZEO Patan to investigate the matter thoroughly. “These are serious allegations. I assure parents that if found guilty the accused teacher will be taken to task,” he said. (CNS)