AusAID funding allocations questioned

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SOME schools selected to receive funding from AusAID under the basic education development project (BEDP) for infrastructure will not receive their funding allocations.
Dorom Primary School head teacher Joseph Warika, who has been pursing the BEDP benefits, said his school would likely not receive the K32,000 funding.
Mr Warika, whose school has been waiting for six years for the funding, told The National that when he went BEDP’s office to follow up on the funding he was told the time had run out for the projects to be implemented in the selected schools.
“This is despite the fact that two surveys had already been done by BEDP teams in 2004 and 2007, while the contractors have also been appointed to do the work,” he said.
“The BEDP says time has run out for the projects. Should the school reapply for new contracts or miss out altogether?” he said.
Initially, five schools in each district in Central province were selected to receive funding.