Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Education Ministry rapped by Auditor-General over poor security at schools despite huge budget

OCTOBER 01, 2013
Despite spending RM2 billion on beefing up security at schools and public institutes of learning nationwide, the Education Ministry has not followed proper guidelines and procedures, leading to poor implementation, the 2012 Auditor-General Report revealed.
The report said that entry and exit points at these premises were not monitored as well as insufficient number of security guards. It also noted that some guards were hired despite exceeding the age limit and not passing background and health checks.
The Education Ministry was also found to have approved contracts without checking proper documents, and has made payment to contractors despite not completing their works.
However, the manner the money was spent was unsatisfactory and not according to guidelines, it said.
According to the report, the Ministry's budget for security at schools was RM3.689 billion for the 2010-2012 period.
"The objective of the RM3 billion Security Control Services (PKK) programme was to create a school environment which was peaceful, quiet and instilled confidence in all parties. But the audit has found the management of the PKK to be extremely unsatisfactory," the report noted.
The Auditor-General said procurement regulations and guidelines by the government must be followed.
"Contracts which are unreasonable, vague or lopsided should be reviewed. The implementation of the PKK should be documented in videos and distributed to schools and district education departments nationwide," the report recommended.
It also said the command chain from the Ministry down to every school should not be compromised. The report also said companies not adhering to the contract should be blacklisted.
It stated that payment should only be issued once the relevant documents are completed, submitted and verified. The Ministry, state and district departments and the schools were also asked to conduct checks from time to time to ensure security companies do their job. - October 1, 2013.
~ The Malaysian Insider

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