Thursday, August 13

School security plan poorly managed, says report

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KUCHING: The Auditor-General’s (AG) report 2012 identified several weaknesses in the security plan (PKK) implemented by Ministry of Education (MOE) that cost RM2.052 billion for the period 2010 to 2012.

The objective of introducing PKK to create a peaceful school environment with conducive teaching and learning atmosphere could have been hampered by the improper contract management the reported noted.

Security guards deployed at schools were provided with inadequate and damaged equipment while many exceeded the age limit and were engaged without proper health and security screening reports.

There was no crowd control and watchman clocks were not recorded regularly.

“Terms of the contract were unclear and incomplete because the number of record logs using watchman clocks, specifications for the installation of CCTV and alarm system were not set,” the report said.

The report also revealed that payment of claims were approved and paid despite incomplete service implementation report.

Meanwhile, under the Ministry of Higher Education, a total of RM74.17 million was allocated under the 9th Malaysia Plan for upgrading 15 community colleges with a contract sum of RM50.17 million.

The upgrading works include assembling furniture, construction of hostels, prayer rooms and sports court and installation of close-circuit television.

Audit findings revealed general delay in projects and poor monitoring by the ministry and works done were of low quality not following the scopes and specifications.