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  • Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, has called on school bursars to adhere to the principles of accountability and transparency in carrying out their work.
  • “The reality is that your work as bursars is being assessed within the broader context of perceptions about corruption. You must therefore do what you have to do based on principles,” Senator Reid said.
  • Senator Reid was addressing Thursday’s (Nov. 24) session of the 16th Annual Caribbean Bursars’ Conference at the Holiday Inn Resort in Montego Bay under the theme: ‘Accountability … our responsibility.’

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, has called on school bursars to adhere to the principles of accountability and transparency in carrying out their work.

“The reality is that your work as bursars is being assessed within the broader context of perceptions about corruption.  You must therefore do what you have to do based on principles,” Senator Reid said.

He noted that given the Ministry’s “overarching responsibility for thousands of school plants and personnel for which sourcing equipment and contracting services have to be procured, we have to insist on proper systems being in place and followed.”

Senator Reid was addressing Thursday’s (Nov. 24) session of the 16th Annual Caribbean Bursars’ Conference at the Holiday Inn Resort in Montego Bay under the theme: ‘Accountability … our responsibility.’ The four-day event concludes today (Nov. 26).

The Education Minister told the bursars, representing schools in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean that the conference was being held at a time when increasing demands are being made for greater transparency in the way public institutions conduct business.

“The man in the street, the watchdog civil society organisations and multilateral lending agencies…want assurances that public funds or development grants and loans are being handled with integrity and transparency in order to reduce corruption, waste and inefficiencies,” he pointed out.

“Under the agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the government has committed to maintaining fiscal prudence at all levels of public sector management,” he noted further.