Audit reveals gross irregularities in schools

As many as 15 violations of various kinds took place across the educational zones in the country in 2010, the Ministry of Education’s (MoE) Audit Bureau of Revenue has reported.

The violations ranged from fraud in e-Dirham transaction, renewal school licences without charging fees, collection of fees from expatriates without transferring them to the public treasury, and non-renewal of school licences in time.

According to the report around 65 educational institutions failed to renew their licences in time, some of them delaying for almost six years.

Among instances of irregularities was collection of fee from expatriate students studying in public schools without transferring them to the treasury by certain schools in Ajman and Umm Al Quwain.

Some schools in Ajman were also found charging students with non-existent exam fees in the range of Dh7 to Dh15 per paper.

According to the report, some educational zones in Abu Dhabi emirate are charging extra from schools to renew their licences as well as other transactions.

The 27 page report, a copy of which was received by Emirates 24|7, the regularities have cost the ministry to the tune of Dh11,000,356, which represents 27 per cent of the ministry’s total income of Dh42,000,410.

Other violations reported were absence of proper documentation, proof of fee collection, breach in the internal financial control system, as well as running the schools without proper licences.

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