Ministry of Education Unit misappropriates US$6 million

An audit into the Ministry of Education’s Curriculum Development and Technical Services (CDTS) has revealed that US$ 6 million meant to buy books was misappropriated leaving Auditor-General Mildred Chiri perplexed as to how the curriculum was implemented. 

In her latest report for the financial year ended December 31 2018, released Friday, Chiri expressed grave concern over the unit’s shoddy management of resources which could see the Ministry of Education fail to ensure inclusive and equitable education. 

The ministry received funds amounting to US$6 090 000 to procure books for the Curriculum Development and Technical Services,” Chiri said. 

“However, the ministry failed to buy the books, but used the funds on other purposes. I was not able to ascertain how the curriculum was implemented without the required materials. The ministry might fail to achieve Sustainable Development Goal number 4, which seeks to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities.”

The mandate of CDTS is to improve the quality of the country’s curriculum which comprise of Technical and Vocational Education, Languages and Humanities, Physical Education, School Sport, Arts and Culture, Sciences and Mathematics and Audio Visual Services.