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OCHO RIOS — Principals and bursars within the various education regions are expected to be better able to manage their schools and school funds, having benefited from a two-day workshop on Financial Weakness Management in Schools.

The workshop, held from March 29 to March 30 at the Shaw Park Beach Hotel in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, was the second of its kind organised by the Professional Development arm of the Ministry of Education.

The primary objective was to enhance participants’ understanding of the financial reporting requirements on transactions involving public funds and the legal framework within which Government institutions and public bodies operate.

“I am saying that you must leave here with the necessary tools to go out there and make a difference in your schools,” said Deputy Chief Education Officer, Clement Radcliffe.

“No longer can we just be called civil servants going through the paces. We are technocrats and officials, who are to deliver quality service to those we serve and this exercise must be part of that system,” he told the school administrators.

He further pointed out that through the various presentations made at the workshop, principals and bursars will more fully understand their responsibilities and accountability relative to the management and use of public resources and the need to adhere to sound management procedures.

He added that participants will also be better able to grasp the internal control weaknesses, which are likely to create irregularities and breaches of applicable laws, regulations, policies and guidelines.

“We have to hold schools accountable for their actions and I charge you to join me in ensuring that there is a difference in the system,” Mr. Radcliffe stated.

 

CONTACT: ALDEEN CAMPBELL