In the new report released by the auditor general Nancy Gathungu. The Auditor General says it was not possible for her to confirm whether schools received the sh59 billion meant for subsidy. This anomalies occurred in her review of the Early Learning and Basic Education department’s accounts for the year ending June 2021. The said subsidies were meant for primary, secondary schools and tertiary colleges.
Some of the infraction pointed out were;
Disbursement of monies to inexistent schools.
Most of the schools were unable to raise an acknowledgement receipt therefore failing to provide evidence of receipt of funds in their respective bank accounts.
Inflation of student numbers.
The Ministry of Education failed to provide data on the number of students per school at the time of the disbursement.
Duplication of allocations.
There were instances where money was found to have been disbursed to schools bearing the same bank account numbers as well as duplicated payments.
In a report tabled in parliament, Gathungu pointed out how the Ministry of Education irregularly denied her access to the student enrollment data in the National Education Management Information System (NEMIS). This contravens Section 9(e)(i) of the Public Audit Act, 2015, which states that the auditor general or an officer authorised shall have unrestricted access to all books, records, returns, reports, electronic and documents of entities.
Auditor General Nancy Gathungu
The law also grants the auditor access to any property or premises used or held by state organs or public entities that are subjected to audit. “It was therefore not possible to validate the data used for disbursement of subsidies to schools,” Gathungu said.
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