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Auditor general unearths failings at National Centre for Youth Development

Published:Monday | January 19, 2015 | 10:28 AM

The auditor general, Pamela Monroe Ellis, is reporting that the National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD) the Government’s main agency for youth development, is failing to meet basic requirements including developing a plan of action.

In one of the seven findings, the auditor general says 10 years after the promulgation of the national youth policy, the NCYD has not completed the required strategic plan for youth development.

It is now 2015 and Monroe Ellis says in her investigations, the NCYD presented a draft strategic plan for the period 2005-2010.

It was found that even after the Youth Ministry engaged the services of a consultant in 2012 to head a revision process which was slated to end in June 2013, the process is still not finished.

In addition, the audit report also discovered that two multi-sectoral steering committees to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the national youth policy was not functional.

According to the auditor general, the NCYD did not achieve 53 of 111 or 48 per cent of the youth development initiatives in its corporate and operational plans.

In addition, Monroe Ellis says the NCYD could not substantiate more than half or 52 per cent of the objectives it reportedly achieved.

The audit report was undertaken, among other things, to determine how the centre is utilising its resources to contribute effectively to the development of vulnerable youths in Jamaica.

However, According to the auditor general, the NCYD is not making a concerted effort to develop sustainable programmes targeting vulnerable groups.

She says the centre did not assess the impact of youth information centres on unattached youths.

There are 10 centres across the island and the auditor general says no evaluation and impact assessment of the centres has been done since 2004.

It is reported that for the five-year period, 2009 to 2013, about 237,890 young people utilised the centres.

The auditor general says the Youth Ministry and the NCYD should ensure the urgent completion of the revised youth policy for submission to the Cabinet for consideration and subsequently, Parliament for approval.


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