March 2, 2024
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GES did not undertake $1.2 million ‘phantom’ training under my watch ~ Matthew Opoku Prempeh

Former Education Minister, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has dismissed allegations of any involvement with the phantom training scheme of teachers, costing $1.2 million from the World Bank.

Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh in a statement explained that the said Teacher training component of GALOP did not happen under his watch.

He further noted that “The Digital Teacher Training under the KAT Technology Teacher Laptop Program must not under any circumstances be confused with the GALOP Teacher Digital Literacy training program under National Teachers Council.”

The Energy Minister stressed that KAT digital training and the GALOP training are two different programs that cannot be substituted for each other.

“KAT digital training isn’t a substitute for GALOP training. These are two different training programs,” the Minister stated.

“As Education Minister, I negotiated both programs and know that they are not the same,” he added.

The Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum has been fingered in an alleged phantom training scheme of teachers, costing $1.2 million from the World Bank.

According to correspondences from his office and the Ghana Education Service (GES), the Director-General of the GES, Prof Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, appears to be unaware of the training of over 40,000 teachers on the digital literacy platform under the Ghana Accountability for Learning Outcomes Project (GALOP).

The World Bank, as part of its investigations to establish the training of the teachers as claimed by the Education Ministry, officially wrote to the Director-General of GES to confirm the said training.

But a letter signed by Prof Opoku-Amankwa observed that he is “unaware that any such training has taken place.”

The letter also added that “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.”

Meanwhile, the Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has debunked alleged involvement in the phantom training scheme of teachers, costing $1.2 million from the World Bank.

In a press briefing on Thursday, he said his Ministry has undertaken the digital literacy training for over 41,000 teachers in the country so it comes to him as a surprise that some are alleging that the training was never executed.

“Ghana Education Service Teachers who were called in on certain TV yesterday will tell you that they are aware 148,000 teachers have been trained on that platform, NTC platform has also trained 43,000 teachers. Ask my colleague teachers across the country and they will tell you they are on a platform and learning digital literacy,” he said.

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