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Ministry Deals With Grant Abuse

Some prominent schools in the Suva and Nausori corridor have been abusing tuition-free grants provided by the Government to schools last year. The issue was highlighted yesterday by the Auditor-General’s
11 Apr 2015 10:12
Ministry Deals With Grant Abuse
Acting Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Education,Kelera Taloga, during the Public Accounts Commiteee meeting yesterday. Photo: Rama

Some prominent schools in the Suva and Nausori corridor have been abusing tuition-free grants provided by the Government to schools last year.

The issue was highlighted yesterday by the Auditor-General’s Office during the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) meeting.

It was part of the presentation of the Ministry of Education, led by acting Permanent Secretary Kelera Taloga.

Representatives of the Auditor-General’s Office said that some schools were using the funds to pay off loans relating to capital projects at the schools.

Acting Permanent Secretary, Kelera Taloga, acknowledged the issues related to monitoring but insisted they were addressing the situation.

“We have strategies in place, initially we rely on our district officers but there are few of them and they have a lot of things to monitor other than just monitoring,” Mrs Taloga said.

“This year we have set up an audit team and that is their specific rule to go out and monitor schools.”

Mrs Taloga said their main challenge now was to make sure that schools utilised the grants well and received audited reports from schools.

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