Ex Education Minister clarifies 1.2m teachers training deal

Napo clarifies 'controversial' $1.2m teachers training deal

Immediate past Minister for Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh also known as Napo has clarified a controversy in regard to a World Bank project on 40,000 Ghana Education Service teachers training estimated to cost $1.2 million.

In a post sighted by EducationWeb, the former Education Minister said the Education Service did not undertake the teacher training component of the Ghana Accountability for Learning Outcomes Project (GALOP) under his tenure.

“The Digital Teacher Training under the KATechnology Teacher Laptop Program must not under any circumstances be confused with the GALOP Teacher Digital Literacy training program under National Teachers Council.

KAT digital training isn’t a substitute for GALOP training. These are two different training programs. As Education Minister, I negotiated both programs and know that they are not the same,” Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh clarified.

Meanwhile, the current Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Adutwum on his part has said media reports that no such training for over 40,000 teachers of the Ghana Education Service (GES) never took place are false and misleading.

He said the Ministry of Education has undertaken digital literacy training for over 41,000 teachers in the country. “A platform was created for teachers and on that platform, teachers went there and did the training,” Yaw told journalists.

The Bosomtwe lawmaker said some Ghana Education Service (GES) teachers who were called in for a certain TV show yesterday can attest to the fact that they were trained on a platform. He said 148,000 teachers have been trained so far.

“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,” the Minister in charge of Education said at the press briefing.

The Teaching Minister stressed that he came to the country and accepted to be Education Minister to help project President Nana Akufo-Addo and ensure that his vision for the transformation of education is accomplished.