Auditor blows the whistle on scholarship favoritism?

Last year the Auditor General tells us the Ministry of i-Taukei Affairs was allocating scholarships in a way that was open to favoritism with scholarships being awarded on the “who you know” formula rather than “what you know”? There was no plan, no rules, scholarships were handed out on the basis on “the discretion of i-Taukei Education Committee” – ie whoever Frank’s Committee wanted. This, the Auditor General said, did not meet the test of being “fair and without favoritism”. Because they were too focused on making sure scholarships didn’t go to anyone they didn’t like – any critics of their government, or even relatives of critics – millions of dollars in scholarship money was left unallocated. Over a quarter of the scholarships they could have allocated were unallocated at the end of the year.

Fijilive November 09, 2014: i-Taukei scholarships were unplanned: Report

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