Thousands of textbooks ‘missing’ from Mianwali warehouse
From Abdul Rasheed
MIANWALI: Thousands of textbooks worth million of rupees of different classes have been found missing from the district warehouse, while innumerable English medium books have been issued to the schools where no such students exist.
According to the inquiry conducted by District Monitoring Officer Nadia Shafiq, thousands of books, including Class 9 English medium textbooks of physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology, are missing from the warehouse.
The Punjab government had declared 12 higher/high schools, including seven boys and five girls, as English medium in the district. The boys’ school are: Govt Higher Secondary School, Kundian, Govt Comprehensive High School Mianwali, Govt Central Model High School, Mianwali, government high schools in Harnoli, Isakhel, Mianwali and Kalabagh. The girls’ schools are: Govt Higher Secondary School Kundian, Model High School, Mianwali, government high schools in Wan Bhachran, Piplan, Civil Station and Mianwali.
Surprisingly, the English medium science books were issued to Urdu medium schools despite Urdu science books had already been issued to them. Government high school Chidhro, Jhambra, Dileywali, Dub, Shadia, Dhurnaka and others got two sets of books of all classes, ignoring the government notification. All these schools were entitled to receive the books as per enrollment of their students. The warehouse record, however, reveals that almost all the schools have received 300 sets of science books without mentioning their enrollment. During the inquiry, several school heads told the district monitoring officer that they had not received any English science books. However, a few confirmed that they had received extra books against the enrollment of the students.
Shahid Nawaz, the warehouse in charge, was performing duty as headmaster at Government High School, Muzaffarpur, but he was removed on corruption charges. In an audit report No 4316 dated 25-10-2011, Mianwali EDO Education Shahid Nawaz had held him responsible for misappropriating Rs 600,000 from the school funds. He is still facing ACE and departmental inquiries. Shahid Nawaz was appointed as the DDEO Elementary on the recommendation of an MPA in March and he was given the additional charge of the warehouse. Sources revealed that most of the books were sold to English medium schools in far-flung areas of the district and ‘Kabarkhanas’ at throwaway prices.
When contacted, DMO Nadia Shafiq confirmed the report and said that the department should appoint an honest officer for such responsibilities. However, EDO Education Waheed Raza expressed his ignorance about the embezzlement. He said that extra books were auctioned through advertisements after approval from high-ups. He admitted that no such books were auctioned in the near past.