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Ministry of Education clarifies false statements made on Facebook

Minister of Education Patrick Faber has once again ignored our request for an interview on Love News surrounding issues surfacing in his ministry.  The latest one has to do with the allegations of corruption amid the purchasing of tablets for students. 

Minister of Education Patrick Faber has once again ignored our request for an interview on Love News surrounding issues surfacing in his ministry.  The latest one has to do with the allegations of corruption amid the purchasing of tablets for students. The fiasco of sorts unfolded over the weekend when NBZLive posted on their Facebook page that the government was using this opportunity to scam Belizeans. The page administrator presented the copy of an invoice that was later dubbed as fake by the ministry via a press release.  The page went on to indicate that the entire procurement process was improperly done and that the prices were bloated.  Later over the weekend an employee in the Ministry of Sports pointed out several discrepancies with the invoice presented on NBZLive including the phone number which is registered as a suicide prevention hotline in the United States.  There were other obvious errors including the footnote on the invoice.  As we noted the Ministry of Education issued a release on the matter saying that the report contains grossly false and misleading information including a fabricated quotation.  They added that with funding coming from the InterAmerican Development Bank the procurement process must satisfy both the GOB procurement requirements as set out in the Finance and Audit Reform Act as well as the IDB’s rigorous rules and regulations as a first tier of approval. The contract must also be reviewed and approved by the Ministry of Finance and the Contractor General prior to execution. They are adamant that no contract has been issued to date and therefore there is no truth to the claim that $7 million Belize dollars has been paid by the Central Bank. NBZLive posted on their Facebook page again today stating that they stand by their initial post, even with the US Suicide Prevention Hotline. They are now asking for the government to publish the pro forma for the order showing that they are paying less per unit or are getting more units for $7MillionBZD.