BY BEN BILUA
WESTERN Province Education Authority (WPEA) is undergoing major reform on School’s retirement practices.
Schools operating under Western Province Education Authority are now provided with official stamps in an effort to make sure financial transactions are property receipted.
In an interview with Island Sun Gizo office, Principal Education Officer of Western Province, Freedom Tozaka said the initiative is a mechanism that WPEA thinks best as far as proper use of School grants is concerned.
“We always talked about transparency but we forgot very simple approach can lead to achieving so called transparency.
“We need to look at available approaches, simple as the one we embark on (providing stamps) to make changes.
“I believe that providing avenues or platform for organisation to follow is the best way forward,” he said.
Tozaka said his office will distribute the stamps to schools in the coming weeks.
He warned school administration that retirement without proper receipt will not be considered truthful and that issuing of receipt in any financial transaction is paramount.
“My office will not tolerate excuses for failing to provide official receipt as we have already make this easier for schools to comply.
“I must encourage school administrations or whoever responsible for school grants to be responsible in the welfare of their financial reports.
“Make sure the financial report must be accommodated with official receipt, that is the message I want to put across,” Tozaka said.
On the same note, he urge school administrations to make use of the official stamps to achieve the purpose of transparency in the use of school grants.