Education Minister Mentioned In US$1.2 Million Training Scandal
Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister of Education has been cited in an alleged phantom World Bank training scheme of teachers costing $1.2 million.
The World Bank as part of its investigations to establish the training of teachers as claimed by the Ministry of Education, wrote officially to the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), to confirm when the said training will take place.
Prof Kwesi Opoku Amankwa, the Director-General of GES, before responding to the World Bank, wrote to the Ministry asking for clarity concerning the training of over 40,000 teachers on the digital literacy platform under the Ghana Accountability for Learning Outcomes Project (GALOP).
In his letter, he stated that he is “unaware that any such training has taken place”.
The letter also added “GES is unaware of reports and correspondence between the Education Ministry and the World Bank and is unable to make an informed response to the Bank’s request.”
The GES boss further asked the sector Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum “to advice and provide direction to enable the GES to respond appropriately to the enquiries from the World Bank.”
The said letter dated March 30,2022, was first published by JoyNews.
The Education Ministry has written to the World Bank November 30, to sanction a training programme at the blind side of GES and requested for the release of $1.2 million amid claims it has successfully trained over 40,000 teachers under GALOP.
The letter signed by the Chief Director of the Education Ministry, Benjamin K. Gyasi, on behalf of the Minister said, the selected teachers were offered training in 3 modules which included Recorded online training, Physical Training and Online/Virtual Live Training.
In conclusion, the Ministry told the World Bank that it has “exceeded the target of 40,000 teachers to be trained insisting PBC7.2B has been achieved.”
The World Bank upon receiving the documents, asked the Ministry of Education in an email on January 7, 2022, to provide clarity to some of the information on the achievements in the training of the teachers.
The Bank further asked the Ministry of Education “to share the slides for training courses, as well as examples of the self-assessments teachers were expected to do, so we have an understanding of the actual contend? Does MoE have any qualitative feedback from teachers who did the training that can give us a better understanding of whether they feel their distance learning skills have improved? If so, can they be shared?” the World Bank questioned.
The World Bank asked the Education Minister to respond to the queries latest by the close of January 14, 2022, but the Minister remained silent on the queries for over 4 months. This forced the World Bank to write to the Director-General of GES, Prof Kwesi Opoku Amankwa demanding clarification of the claims by the ministry that over 40,000 teachers have been trained under GALOP.
Source: Ghana Web