Education Ministry Gets Money to Install 4-year-old UPS System

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The Ministry of Education is reporting that the Finance Ministry has allocated only 50-percent of the sum needed to install an Uninterrupted Power Supply or UPS system at the Ministry.

The under allocation means that the UPS, purchased four years ago, is still to be installed at the Education Ministry’s Heroes Circle offices.

The issue concerning the UPS arose out of a report done by the Auditor General’s Department.

That report found that poor planning at the Education Ministry could result in over 32-million-dollars of taxpayers money going to waste.

The report noted that the UPS was bought for 32-point-6 million dollars but couldn’t be installed.

This as another 1-hundred-and-63-million dollars were needed to install the infrastructure to support the system.

In an emailed response to questions from Nationwide News, Permanent Secretary in the Education Ministry, Elaine Foster-Allen says the installation of the system will begin as soon as funds become available.

She says the Ministry will seek to use funds from the first Supplementary Budget, set to be tabled later this fiscal year, to complete the UPS project.

The Permanent Secretary says the Ministry will also be seeking to shift funds from savings accrued in each region across the island.