Auditor General's Department to conduct follow up audits on 1BestariNet

KUALA LUMPUR: The Auditor General's Department (AGD) will conduct follow up audits on the failed RM4 billion 1BestariNet project to evaluate its current performance.

Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Datuk Hasan Arifin said this is following public complaints by teachers and parents regarding the project.

"There have been complaints from teachers and parents, and we are going to follow up on their grouses," Hasan told a press conference after meeting Auditor General (AG) Tan Sri Ambrin Buang.

Ambrin was there to brief the PAC on the AG's Report 2015 series 2.

Hasan said both the PAC and the AGD will visit selected schools throughout the country to follow up on complaints against the programme.

He said the PAC will start calling up witnesses for hearings starting next year but stressed that this is to identify ways to improve rather than a fault-finding mission.

Hasan added that there is currently no need to call up Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who was Education Minister when the programme was implemented, to testify.

Ambrin concurred that 1BestariNet performed poorly and there are much to improve on.

"We have proposed many corrective measures, and we will monitor the progress and performance of these measures during our visit," he said.

Ambrin added that the time to complete the follow up audit will depend on how many schools they will be visiting.

National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) recently called the programme a massive failure as it did not improve learning in any way.