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Guyana: Breaches, poor planning detected in Education Ministry’s textbook procurement

A COMPLIANCE audit of the procurement process – planning, sourcing and contract management – of textbooks has found that the Education Ministry breached the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act 2003 in 2016 resulting in the misallocation of $35.064M.

In the Report of the Auditor General on the Compliance Audit of the Procurement of Textbooks by the Ministry of Education for the year ending December 31, 2018, $35.064M was paid in excess of the ministry’s approved allocation for the nursery and primary levels.

It was explained that the sum of $506.569M was allocated, under Line Item 6224 Print and Non-Print, to the Education Ministry for the procurement of textbooks, among other things.

It was explained that the sum of $195.887M was allocated to the ministry for the procurement of nursery and primary-level text books; but instead of purchasing text books in accordance with the funds allocated, it expended an additional $35.064M, thereby breaching the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act.

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