At the last Sitting of the House of Representatives, the Prime Minister briefly discussed the Auditor General Reports that showed missing monies from both the National Sports Council and the Julian Cho Technical High School in the Toledo District. According to the Prime Minister, those reports have been passed on the police department to be investigated. Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams gave the media an update on that investigation.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “I have appointed an investigative team headed by Inspector Aban. That team is working very closely with the FIU, we have obtained a number of documents that were highlighted in the Auditor General’s Report and we are putting together a file and when we have put together that file it will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecution for her direction on the matter.”
As to the scandalous information revealed in the audit reports, the Minister of Education, Patrick Faber, proposed that all secondary schools be audited. Well, in a rare show of unison, the President of the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU), Elena Smith agreed with Faber’s statement. There is a catch, however. According to Smith, if you are going to audit the schools then prepare to audit all ministries and their respective departments.
Elena Smith, President, Belize National Teachers Union: “Well I wouldn’t leave it just at secondary schools because there are issues in some primary schools as well. So you might say strange but I do support that secondary schools should be audited as well as our primary schools. Well if we’re talking about auditing educational institutions then we might need to audit the ministry as well. You saw a report coming out lately with regards to the Sports Council, I’ve seen a report from the Auditor General with some other areas of the ministry where we saw monies being given to officials in the ministry for their children to study abroad and those monies instead of going into the schools or to the schools those monies were sent directly into those persons personal bank accounts and those are high officials in the ministry. So I don’t think that that report has been tabled and persons in the public might not know of that report but again if we’re hearing these things then we should be auditing other ministries and other departments within these ministries so if that is what the minister wants for schools I have no issue with that; let’s do it to the ministry as well.”
We will keep you updated on the progress of the police’s investigation into this matter.