Post scam, sharp drop in scholarship beneficiaries in Jharkhand

Almost a year after an investigation by The Indian Express uncovered a pre-Matric scholarship scam in Jharkhand involving fake beneficiaries, official data shows that the number of beneficiaries of the Centrally-funded scheme for poor minority students reduced by more than 85% in the academic year 2020-21.

During the same period, the number of applicants for the pre-Matric scholarship reduced by only 22% — under the scheme, students of classes 1 to 4 receive Rs 1,000; and students from classes 5 to 10 receive Rs 5,700 (day scholars) and Rs 10,700 (those in hostels).

The data suggests that while there was

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TETFUND scholarship beneficiaries lament shortage of fund

Some of the lecturers under the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFUND academic staff training and development programme have lamented the shortage of funds to enable them complete their studies abroad.

They said that the current exchange rate was a major challenge affecting their studies abroad as a result of Naira depreciation, which made them embark on certain jobs to complete their studies.

The lecturers disclosed this when TETFUND delegation from Abuja visited the Federal College of Education (Technical), Asaba, Delta State, to reconcile records with tertiary institutions and to get feedback from beneficiaries of the training programme.

Some lecturers, Hector

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