Community colleges paid between 17-900% more for equipment

Nation,-Education-Ministry,-teaching-and-learning-equipment,-AG-Report,-Amrin-Buang,-Higher-Education-MinistryPETALING JAYA: The Auditor-General’s (AG) Report has revealed significant differences in prices of teaching and learning equipment of the same type and specification.

According to the report released today, the differences were between 17% (RM1,000) and 900% (RM7,200) more than the prices of the equipment.

This was based on the audit performed from October 2015 to April 2016.

Auditor-General Ambrin Buang said in order for the government to get the best value for money, every community college should ensure each purchase is made according to financial procedures and internal controls.

According to Ambrin, the equipment procurement was to improve the skills of human capital and expand access to quality technical and vocational training at 52 community colleges.

Between 2012 and 2015, RM61.71 million was spent by the Department of Community College Education.

The A-G found the surplus allocation from dormitories’ food support, amounting to RM1.46 million, for 14 residential schools, was spent on buying assets, but not for teaching and learning purposes.

“This included the maintenance and minor repairs for schools and hostels, exceeding RM50,000 a year, which was not in accordance with the stipulated guidelines.”

Ambrin recommended that the administrations of dormitories report their expenditure performance to the education ministry or the State Education Department for monitoring purposes.