VEC slammed over teacher pay
Published 30/04/2015 | 02:30
An education body paid teachers for hundreds of hours of work they were not rostered to do, according to a damning report by the State's spending watchdog.
Early school leavers were also paid €114,000 to take part in a second-chance education project, even though the students were ineligible for the programme.
The criticisms are among a range of adverse findings made by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Seamus McCarthy, against the former County Cork VEC.
The C&AG launched his probe after allegations about the running of the now-defunct body were made to the Dáil's Public Accounts Committee.
Much of the inquiry focused on the running of a Youthreach project in Macroom, which provided education and training for early school leavers aged between 15 and 20. It found:
- Eight students who were ineligible for the programme were paid a total of €114,000 between 2007 and 2012;
- Two people paid student allowances were not students at all and were actually employed to provide tuition in English;
- The VEC paid for 1,070 teaching hours in 2009 and 2010, at a cost of €60,000, where teachers were not timetabled;
- Two part-time staff did not have PAYE or PRSI deducted from their wages.
One of the ineligible students received payments totalling €34,000.