Friday, December 30, 2011

Tunnel into my child's education

Education Ministry may see its EU funds suspended
The Education Ministry may see its EU finding suspended over irregularities in public procurement. Auditors from Brussels have advised suspending all further payments from the Education for Competitiveness Operational Programme until the irregularities are investigated and explained. The ministry can draw up to 53 billion crowns from this source. Ministry officials are reportedly working to resolve the problem in the hope of preventing a freeze on funding. The present administration says it is not to blame for the shortcomings which date back to 2008 and 2009 and has promised to heighten control mechanisms without delay.
Once again, this comes from Cesky rozhlas, and on its site, the wording differs. It begins: Education Minister Josef DobeŇ° is under pressure to resign over irregularities in EU-funded projects.
Do I care? Well, I don't have a child of my own, but I train teachers who have students. A lot of people are missing out on what money can buy, and what the EU is making available to the Czech Republic in the name of European equality, while finances are being diverted into hitherto unaccountable holes. Yep, I really care.

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