Government to revamp school books programme after uncovering financial regularities

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 3:15 PM - St. George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, March 4, 2014 – GIS: The Grenada Government has announced plans to revamp the School Books Programme after an audit uncovered financial irregularities as administered by the previous administration.

Education Minister, Anthony Boatswain, says measures are being put in place to ensure proper accounting procedures are met.

“What we intend to do in going forward is restructure the School Books Programme, so I can tell you from now that it will not be business as usual,” Boatswain said.

“We will not go down the same route as the previous administration did.”

A government audit has reported that user fees collected from students have not been deposited into the treasury.

The audit report says in excess of 100 thousand dollars still remains outstanding and that receipt books have been discarded.

“We will be putting structures in place to ensure that while the Programme continues there will be proper accounting procedures,” Boatswain said.

“We will also put in place structures to ensure that only the required number of books will be ordered and there will be one authority responsible”.

Education Minister Boatswain also said school principals will no longer be able to place orders for books without consulting with the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education.









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