The embattled Eastern Cape Education Department has lost millions of rands to “ghost schools” – non-existent schools set up by corrupt education officials.

DA spokesman for education Edmund van Vuuren said he believed the scope of the problem was vast. He said that last year the department had brought in regulations for funding, including what is known as a 1401 form, which every school had to submit before receiving aid. This has to include proof of banking details, proof of address and supporting documents like ID numbers of the school’s role-players.  Read the full story in The Herald.