Saturday 17 March 2018

VEC slammed over teacher pay

Comptroller and Auditor General, Seamus McCarthy
Comptroller and Auditor General, Seamus McCarthy
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

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.

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