THE KOŠICE Self-Governing Region will conduct another inspection of the Business Academy on Polárna Street in Košice, the regional deputies agreed at their October 21 session. The inspection will look into the allegations of a former teacher, Oto Žarnay, who blew the whistle on non-transparent spending and nepotism back in May. Žarnay lost his job in September, allegedly due to organisational reasons, the SITA newswire reported.
Žarnay complained about a contract with a Košice lawyer, who charged €550 a month for her services, according to the Sme daily. The first inspection showed that the competition for legal services held by the school was done within the financial limits. The school was allowed to use state money for common expenses, including external legal services. Yet, €2,400 of €12,000 was used non-transparently. The school has to remove the errors the controllers found by October 30, SITA wrote.
The regional deputies accepted the report, while they also passed the proposal of Rudolf Bauer, a deputy of the regional parliament, who wanted the chief inspector to look into whether the school observed the labour legislation.
Bauer also called on the region to publish the names of all people who participated in the competition. He said that the report does not state which services the school paid for. He criticised that the inspectors had not checked whether the legal services were necessary, and whether the headmaster, Peter Ivan, was entitled to issue an internal regulation that teachers do not have the right to receive overtime or rewards for substituting for their colleagues’ classes, which he later dismissed, SITA wrote.
Bauer added that teachers asking for rewards will turn to the court. He also submitted a proposal to dismiss Ivan from his function, but the deputies did not accept this, SITA reported.
Source: SITA, Sme
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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22. Oct 2013 at 14:00