Tawanda Mangoma in Chiredzi
GOVERNMENT auditors have unearthed abuse of funds at Chiredzi Christian College, where the school head is said to have connived with teachers and the School Development Committee to blow $150 000 in allowances, The Herald has learnt.
The allowances were dished out as incentives. According to the findings of the audit team dispatched to the Lowveld school, former acting headmaster Mr Lovemore Gunguo and an official at the school identified as Mr Victor Zvada pocketed $34 799 and $23 294 in allowances, respectively.
SDC members were also implicated as they pocketed $38 000 in sitting allowances between 2014 and 2016. SDC chairman Mr Amious Makamure got $7 735, senior teacher Mr Archem Muziro $12 430 while an unnamed SDC vice chairman received $6 025.
The report further noted that $2 000 was paid to Mr Gunguo as appreciation for the completion of the construction of a security wall at the school.
“The school head, the deputy head, heads of department and some teachers continued to be paid allowances/ incentives from levies in violation of the Secretary’s Circular Minute Number 6 of 2014, which cancelled payment of incentives to teaching staff.
The payments were: administration allowances $24 410, HOD Allowances $7 360, study supervision $7 605, token of appreciation $2 550 and PTCE supervision $7 402 and the total being $49 327.
The report recommended that all the monies which were paid unnecessarily be recovered from the beneficiaries and that Mr Gunguo be transferred to another school.
“The former acting head Mr Gunguo who is currently the acting deputy head, seem to have influence on both the SDC members and the senior teaching staff that were benefiting from the allowances, something which makes it difficult for the current head to implement important changes in how school funds are to be managed.
“It is,therefore, in the interest of the school to have Mr Gunguo removed from the post of acting deputy head through a transfer from the school,” further reads the report.
Masvingo Provincial Education Director Mr Zedious Chitiga confirmed receiving the report from the auditors.
“Yes I can confirm receiving an audit report for Chiredzi Christian College which we called the auditor general to undertake. We are, however, studying the findings and judging the extent of the anomalies. We will definitely take action after completion of that excise,” said Mr Chitiga.