On Wednesday, The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) exposed serious irregularities in the implementation of major educational projects aimed at enhancing the competency of teachers and learning capabilities of students across Tamil Nadu in 31,322 government and panchayat union primary and middle schools.
On charges of criminal conspiracy, forgery and corruption the agency registered a case against G. Arivoli the Director of Tamil Nadu State Council of Educational Research and Training (TNSCERT); R. Latha, Director, Non-Formal Education; Sangeetha, Assistant Professor, TNSCERT. The allegation put on officials siphoned off several lakhs of rupees allocated for printing and distributing books designed for enhancing the quality of teaching among the faculty and learning capabilities of students in State-owned schools.
Amalan Jerome had benefited from an initiative the TNSCERT launched namely ‘Ulagellam Tamil’ project for creating animated video CDs, which, over 32 chapters, covered pronunciation of Tamil letters and contained explanations of various forms of Tamil music, literature, dance and culture.
The FIR said that a sum of Rs.4.83 crore was allocated by the Tamil Nadu government launched a scheme to publish two magazines titled Kanavu Aasiriyar (Dream Teacher) for teachers and The Sittu (Sun Bird) to improve the general knowledge and language proficiency of students in State-owned schools.It further noted that TNSCERT spent Rs 2 crore on Edusat, an education satellite,but it is not serving the purpose.