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Calls To Monitor School Building Projects Closely

Calls To Monitor School Building Projects Closely
Queen Victoria School in Tailevu.
July 19
11:08 2017

District Education Officers need to step up the monitoring of school building projects funded by Government.

The projects include building of additional classrooms.

This was highlighted in the 2016 Auditor-General report.

The report stressed that education officers should check on the progress of these projects.

It said the Assets Monitoring Unit should ensure that tender for any project costing more than $50,000 was called and quotes from three vendors were sought.

“There was no evidence of monitoring done on certain building grant projects,” the report said.

“The acquittal reports and the project monitoring reports were prepared and signed-off by school heads and sent directly to the Ministry’s headquarters without being verified by either the District Educations Officers or the Assets Monitoring Unit.”

The Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts has noted the recommendation.

Also, the Audit has reminded all civil servants of the Government to set procedures of reconciling all travel expenses within seven days.

The audit stated: “A travelling officer shall recoup the travel advance within seven days by submission of an acquittal report with supporting documents.

“If an advance has not been fully expended, the travelling officer must repay the balance within seven days of completing travel.

“Where an advance has not been acquitted within seven days of travel, the Principal Accounts Officers shall affect recovery through a salary deduction from the concerned officer’s salary within six fortnights.

“Interest on all advances will accrue at the rate set by the Minister of Finance (Economy) from time to time. The current rate is 12 per cent.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa


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