DCEC probes Central region's misappropriation of development fees

The Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) is reportedly looking into the misappropriation of development fees in several schools in the Central region.  PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
The Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) is reportedly looking into the misappropriation of development fees in several schools in the Central region. PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

FRANCISTOWN: The Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) is reportedly looking into the misappropriation of development fees in several schools in the Central region.

Lentswe Motshoganetsi, the DCEC public relations and communications officer, has told The Monitor that they received reports alleging misuse of development and PTA funds within the Central region. “After conducting preliminary enquiries we found out that there were no records kept for administration of the said funds,” he said. According to Motshoganetsi, they have sent their Corruption Prevention Division to conduct an audit and provide some remedial measures. He further stated that the audit is ongoing and they believe it will provide permanent solutions to seal the identified loopholes.

Following reports that parents are failing to pay school fees, former national Parents, Teachers Association (PTA) chair and Central region chairperson, Edward Moganana told The Monitor that parents are not failing to pay school development fees but are reluctant mainly due to misappropriation of public funds. He further said there are minor cases where parents cannot afford to pay the development fees mainly due to a lack of resources to raise such funds. “In most cases, it's how and where funds are utilised and usage isn't accounted for and in accordance to the laid procedures as stipulated in the PTA constitution and the current PTA guidelines,” he added.

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