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Samuda urges adherence to gov't procurement guidelines

Published:Friday | May 3, 2019 | 11:15 AM
Karl Samuda, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Education greets Education Officer, Latoya Johnson, at the Region 1 Stakeholders Consultations at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium, Jamaica College Auditorium, Thursday, May 2, 2019, after she was specially commended for her responsiveness to concerns raised by schools administrators - Contributed photo.

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Education, Karl Samuda, has urged the leadership of public schools to adhere to Government procurement guidelines as they undertake the business of educating students.

Samuda said school principals and boards must take responsibility both financially and administratively for what happens under their watch as mandated by the regulations of the Financial Administration and Audit Act.

“When you get your budgetary allocation from the Ministry, it was against a plan you submitted. I implore you… whatever the plan says, stick with it. Your expenditure must be consistent with the plan you provided to the Ministry,” said Samuda.

He also urged school administrators to more efficiently manage the distribution process for rental textbooks.

The appeal follows reports that there have been instances where books issued to schools have not been used.

Samuda was addressing over 1000 principals and board chairmen from Clarendon, St Catherine, Kingston and St Andrew during regional consultations in St Catherine and Kingston earlier this week.

The consultations allow school administrators to raise issues or concerns they may have with Samuda and the leadership of the Education Ministry.

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