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Multiple Anomalies Noted for Building Grant Disbursed to Schools in Report of Auditor General

Multiple anomalies was noted for building grant disbursed to schools in the Report of Auditor General for the year ended 31 JULY 2017 .

The Auditor General of Fiji says that the findings indicate that the Ministry of Education did not follow the Capital Grants for Non-Government Schools Policy when awarding the grants for school improvement works hence increasing the risk of poor scoping and incomplete capital projects due to insufficient funds.

In addition, the risk of unauthorised purchases and collusion with suppliers is high when proper procurement procedure are not complied with.

He added that in the absence of tenders, schools may be engaging contractors who may not be most economical and who may not be certified to construct buildings to the required standard of the National Building Code.

Auditor General has recommended that the Ministry should only release building grants to schools which have fully complied with the Capital Grants for Non-Government Schools Policy.

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