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11/09/2019   The National Audit Office encourages substantial changes in education

The Supreme Audit Institution issued a report on the implementation of the recommendations, which shows that almost a third of the public audit recommendations are related to the need for strategic, and complex changes. However, a significant proportion of the decisions that are monitored by the Supreme Audit Institution as a result of the implementation of the recommendations are local, oriented to changes in one area — they are lacking systematic substantial changes.

“The state of recommendations indicates that the choice between long-term and short-term objectives is usually won by the latter which stave off the fundamental decisions, and sometimes appear to be incompatible at interinstitutional level. We invite decision makers, analytical centres, experts from research bodies to use the products of the Supreme Audit Institution and to build coordinated, fundamental interinstitutional relations, to see a coherent whole, which is something that is currently lacking”, says the Auditor General Arūnas Dulkys. The report highlighted one area requiring a major change, namely education. The key expected changes include early childhood education and general education.

To date, uniform indicators for monitoring progress in general education have not been established, and municipalities have the right to do so locally. In the absence of agreement on these indicators related to pupils’ achievements and quality of education, the aim of improving pupils’ achievements is still limited to “paper” indicator in the country’s most important strategic paper. 

Quality early childhood education has an impact on better children’s achievements in subsequent phases, in particular having positive effeects on the disadvantaged children growing in unfavourable social environment. Unfortunately, access to early childhood education is not ensured for all children. 

Implementation of the Supreme Audit Institution‘s recommendations by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport would ensure improving pupils’ achievements and educational outcomes, as well as cost-effective and efficient infrastructure maintenance. In recent years, a number of audits have been carried out the field of education: “Could Lithuanian Students Perform Better?” and “Do We Use Early Childhood Education Opportunities to Ensure a More Successful Future for Children”.

In the Report on the implementation of the recommendations, the Supreme Audit Institution gave an overview also of the other audited areas in which key recommendations of the public audit are being implemented.  These include the recommendations on the state budget governance, public administration, public land management, information society development and other audited areas. As of 2016, half of the recommendations put forward have been implemented and their monitoring is complete, 29 % of the recommendations were delayed in agreed terms, and 21 % of the recommendations have not expired. 

The timely implementation of the recommendations is particularly important for progress in the public sector whereas the failure to implement them staves off the progress benefitting the society. The National Audit Office carries out the monitoring of the implementation of the audit recommendations and twice a year submit to the Parliament the report on the state of implementation of the recommendations of the performed audits. All information on the implementation of the recommendations of the audits carried out is open to the public on the official website of the National Audit Office.

 

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