Tanaka Nyambo, H-Metro Reporter
THE Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education received money last year from the Government to buy books for pupils but used it for other purposes.
The Auditor General Mildred Chisi noted that the money the ministry received was not used to buy books to develop the new curriculum.
Auditor General report states that: “The ministry received funds amounting US$6 090 000 to procure books for the Curriculum Development and Technical Services.
“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 report states that the ministry might not be able to develop if they use money for essential properties for other things.
“The ministry might fail to achieve Sustainable Development Goal Number 4, which seeks to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
“The budgeting process is rendered ineffective when funds for that particular year are not utilised per the budget dictates.
“The Ministry should put mechanism in place to ensure that funds availed for a specific program are utilised for that purpose,” reads the Auditor general’s report
However, the response of the ministry was that the initiating department had delayed in making its request because some books for new competence based curriculum were not yet on the market.