The Public Accounts Committee of Parliament (PAC) has ordered a re-audit of the National Accreditation Board (NAB) with a thorough assessment of the Board’s internal control mechanisms.
The 2015 Auditor General’s Report indicted the Board on various counts of infractions; including unrecovered GHC300,000, failure to submit its internal revenue expenditure returns for over GHC4.6 million, paying unapproved allowances of over GHC720,000 and using over GHC5,000 of its Internal Generated funds to pay personnel.
The Education Minister, Matthew Opoku Prempeh lamented the rot at the National Accreditation Board saying it was being run like a circus.
“I want to plead that the maybe we ask the Auditor Generals to go back to that institutions. For the circus that is going on, I am not happy at all. Since I became the Minister of Education, if there is one institution a lot of petitions have come against on internal controls, it’s the NAB.”
“…So I will plead with the Chair to specifically let the auditors go in again and do a specific audit and come so that we take it up specifically because it is getting too much and we are not happy.”
He also revealed that he had asked the Minister in-Charge of Tertiary Education to invite key persons from the Accreditation Board to his office so they can “give better explanations.”
Despite this report referring to affairs in 2015, Dr. Opoku Prempeh had little confidence the situation had improved.
He noted that “the internal audit agency was there recently on some of these similar situations so I don’t think that sitting here and having the knowledge that I have the institution probably has changed. We need to go and do a specific audit there and give specific recommendations…”
The Accreditation Board is mandated to accredit both public and private tertiary institutions with regard to the contents and standards of their programmes.
It also determines the programme and requirements for the proper operation of that institution to ensure they are up to standards.
The NAB is supposed to publish a list of accredited public and private institutions at the beginning of the calendar year and advise the President on the grant of a Charter to a private tertiary institution.