Now understanding that she can't do with away with the old guard at the Ministry of Education (questionable individuals some of them) the current Minister of Health announced she would be visiting a certain school in Al Batinah region. The old guard of course, went into full-fledged cover-up mode, "leaked this information" to those incharge of that school, and of course, a state of emergancy was declared. Walls were painted, missing fixtures were replaced, and I am certain students were forbidden from using the restrooms to give all appearences of students happy to be in their classrooms. But then...
She changed her mind at the last minute and decided to visit another Muscat-region school instead.
Of course, those involved in the Al-Batinah school battle debacle were crushed that they would not get the chance to look good in her eyes. So they asked her why she didn't come.
"Because I don't want to get the smell of paint on my abaya," she was quoted, quite the cutting remark aimed at those involved.
Corruption-cutting technique number one: arrange on-site visits, but always unnanounced. Works for any old manager as well. If you haven't read it already, this hilarious post http://misadventuresinhr.blogspot.com/2011/03/im-branch-manager-is-it-not-my-right-to.html then do. Advice is the same.