EDUCATION MINISTRY RECTIFYING FISCAL CHALLENGES

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The Education Ministry has sought to assure that measures are being taken to rectify fiscal challenges that were identified by the Auditor General.

These include audits and bank reconciliation issues, dating back to 2012.

A report from the Auditor General was tabled in parliament on Tuesday, highlighting issues at the education ministry that put it at risk of fraud, unauthorized withdrawals, and significant bank errors.

In a response on Wednesday, Education Minister Fayval Williams pointed out that upon her appointment as minister, approval was sought to hire additional external financial auditors, to bring the long outstanding audits of the appropriations accounts up to date.

Meetings were held with the Auditor General and ministry officials to determine the way forward.