Changes in Financial Information for Schools Handbook (FISH) section 2.4.1
(Margaret Patullo, Education Adviser [Schools Finance])
I would like to draw your attention to changes in Financial Information for Schools Handbook (FISH) section 2.4.1 – Probity / Sensitive Expenditure – Page 11- 13 after reviewing the Office of the Auditor-General’s 2016 Audit of Schools.
MOE website: www.education.govt.nz/school/running-a-school/school-finances/
Overseas Trips – Page 11
A Board must complete the Funding Overseas Travel Using Crown Funding Checklist. Appendix C – must be reported in audited annual accounts for any travel approved in 2018.
Giving gifts – Staff – Page 12
Gifts given in recognition of employment or services rendered by employees (including payments made when employees retire) must receive approval from the Secretary for Education.
Gifts – Page 12
All gifts given and received by school employees and Boards are recorded e.g. gift register, minutes.
Gifts (to school’s employees) – Page 12
It may be appropriate for a teacher to accept a small gift (e.g. chocolates) from the parents of a student who has shown great improvements under that teacher’s guidance. A cash gift to a teacher by the parents of a student is inappropriate.
Also note the following:
Loans 2.4.7 – Page 17
In no case shall a board approve a loan to any party.