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School Grant Misuse Probe

Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy says schools found misusing the Government education grant will be taken to task. He said auditing was still in progress and it
18 Jul 2015 11:21
School Grant Misuse Probe
Teachers at Nadi Technical College.

Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy says schools found misusing the Government education grant will be taken to task.

He said auditing was still in progress and it was discovered that there had been some abuse of funds.

“We are auditing the accounts for last year’s funds usage but we will need a bit more time to provide full data,” he said.

“We’ve discovered quite a bit of abuse of funds and cannot disclose the names of the schools but we can reveal a good 25 per cent have misused the funding at the moment.

“Of course the people who have abused this funding will be taken to task and will be reported to the Police and Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption.  (FICAC) but we will need more time to look into this,” Mr Reddy said.

Meanwhile Reddy paid a courtesy visit to the Nadi Technical College and had fruitful discussions with the staff of the Dr Shaukat Saheb Ali Campus.

College principal Paulo  Daurewa said discussions were centered on how the school was performing, how many students had enrolled  as well as those out on attachment.

He said the school management was thankful to the Government for establishing technical colleges for those students who wanted to continue their education.

“At the moment we have about 300 students attending our evening classes, this is for those already in the industry who are working but don’t have any sort of qualification,” Mr Daurewa said.

“The school is benefiting in so many ways; we take on board their experiences, knowledge and skills as they are matured students so we use that to better our curriculum standard and that is an issue that Government has supported.”

Mr Daurewa said he was looking forward to seeing the setting up of the rest of the technical colleges around the country.

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