Auditor-General Report 2011: Critique of Selected Education Projects


The Auditor-General Report 2011 examined various initiatives taken by ministries to improve the education system. Of the four we choose to look at in this article, three were rated as unsatisfactory. Nonetheless, the government should be given credit for attempting to raise the standard of rural education, vocational schools, Advanced Technology Training Centers (Adtecs) and higher education.

Water seeping through the cracks of the walls in the school. Oil leaking from the pipe connected to the oil tank. Empty classrooms and abandoned teachers’ quarters. This is the state of the infrastructure built under the solar hybrid system project for rural schools.

To reduce the education gap between rural and urban schools, the Ministry of Education undertook a project to equip rural primary and secondary schools with 24-hour uninterrupted electricity. This is done by supplying electricity via the electrical grid system, generators or a solar hybrid system. A solar hybrid system integrates two or more power sources, and consists of photovoltaic arrays with a diesel generator, operated with a solar inverter.

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