Aug 25, 2019

450 m loss due to school uniform vouchers

The Ceylon Teachers Union (CTU) has issued a statement saying that the Presidential Commission of Inquiry has revealed that a loss of Rs 450 million has been incurred in the process of issuing school uniform vouchers.

According to the report, the Chief Financial Officer of the Ministry of Education while giving evidence before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing Fraud and Corruption of good government government from 2015 to 2018 has admitted that a loss of Rs 450 million has been incurred due to the process of issuing uniform vouchers instead of issuing materials for the uniforms.

It further states:

The CTU has consistently pointed out that the students are not receiving materials of high quality due to the issuance of school uniform vouchers instead of issuing materials for the uniforms and the CTU has opposed it from the moment the government started the process.

In addition, some ministers of the present government themselves have said that uniform materials should be provided.

However, the Ministry of Education continued to arbitrarily issue uniform vouchers, claiming that the issuing materials can lead to corruption.

The CTU says that, in 2020 the uniform materials with specifications recommended by Sri Lanka Standards Institution should be provided to school children through the National Procurement Commission, established according to the 19th amendment to the constitution.

CTU Press release 

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