The Government has the authority to approve the implementation of all schools’ infrastructural development plans after the completion of the external audit reports, says Education Secretary Michael Tapo.
Mr Tapo said this yesterday in response to concerns raised by several schools on lack of classrooms to accommodate the high influx of students due to the free education policy.
"All schools’ board members, head teachers and teachers must understand that the infrastructure problems have been noted by the Education Department but we are just waiting for the external audit reports to be finalised for the Government’s consideration," Mr Tapo said.
He said in the past, schools’ board members, principals, head teachers and teachers had negotiated with individuals to build classrooms without money and authority.
"Most schools at present know that they have created their own problems because to improve school infrastructures, you have to get an approval from the authorities such as the Government and the Education Department.
"Anything that is more than K300,000 will be subject to tender, and most schools in NCD have failed to do that, which the Education Minister had explained in a media conference two weeks ago," he said.
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