Ghost train­ing, schol­ars dis­cov­ered as Lapeña starts crack­down at Tesda

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CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO— The Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (Tesda) has dis­cov­ered 28 reg­is­tered tech­ni­cal vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing (TVET) pro­grams with in­ci­dents of ghost train­ing and ghost trainees in Cen­tral Lu­zon and three other re­gions.

This was an off­shoot of a three-month metic­u­lous re­view of the op­er­a­tions of all the ac­cred­ited Tesda train­ing schools in the coun­try which was im­me­di­ately or­dered by Tesda Direc­tor Gen­eral Isidro Lapeña when he as­sumed the post in Oc­to­ber last year.

It will be re­called that Lapeña im­me­di­ately or­dered the cre­ation of an in­ves­ti­gat­ing team to con­duct a thor­ough re­view and ac­count­ing of all ac­cred­ited train­ing schools due to com­plaints and ru­mors of ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties es­pe­cially in the prov­inces.

“Among my ma­jor thrusts is to ad­dress the prob­lem of ghost schol­ars and ghost train­ings. Any ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties will be im­me­di­ately dealt with, no­body will be spared un­der my watch,” said Lapeña.

Based on the re­sult of the probe sub­mit­ted by the In­ves­ti­ga­tion Com­mit­tee he cre­ated, there are 62 reg­is­tered pro­grams of Tech­ni­cal Vo­ca­tional In­sti­tu­tions (TVIs) with vi­o­la­tions on Tesda rules and reg­u­la­tions that were dis­cov­ered.

There were nine cat­e­gories to which the in­ves­ti­ga­tion had fo­cused into, some of them are those re­lat­ing to ex­is­tence of ghost train­ing and ghost trainees, ex­ac­tion of il­le­gal fees and ab­sence of in­spec­tion and re-in­spec­tion re­ports.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­firmed the ex­is­tence of ghost train­ing and ghost trainees in reg­is­tered tech­ni­cal vo­ca­tional and ed­u­ca­tion train­ing pro­grams - 13 of which are in Cen­tral Lu­zon, 7 each in Re­gion 1 and Re­gion IVA, and 1 in Metro Manila.

Each of the train­ing schools iden­ti­fied has two or more cases of con­duct­ing gh ost train­ings and list­ing ghost schol­ars.

Nine cases of il­le­gal col­lec­tion of fees from trainees and schol­ars were also found, a gross vi­o­la­tion of the rules and guide­lines on Tesda schol­ar­ship.

Four of them are in Re­gion I, two each in Re­gion IVA and Re­gion VI and one in Re­gion VII.

TESDA re­gional direc­tors were al­ready asked to ex­plain about the anom­alies that were stip­u­lated in the find­ings. “Ap­pro­pri­ate crim­i­nal charges will be filed against those who are in­volved in th­ese se­ri­ous of­fenses as war­ranted,” said Lapeña.

Train­ing schools with mi­nor vi­o­la­tions, on the other hand, were or­dered to com­ply and warned of can­cel­la­tion of ac­cred­i­ta­tion if they fail to do so.

Fol­low­ing the re­sult of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Lapeña has im­ple­mented a stricter mon­i­tor­ing on ex­ist­ing train­ing schools and val­i­da­tion process for those ap­ply­ing for ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

“Tesda’s Uni­fied TVET (Tech­ni­cal Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing) Pro­gram Reg­is­tra­tion and Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Sys­tem or UTPRAS has very strin­gent val­i­da­tion and mon­i­tor­ing pro­cesses. If a school or train­ing cen­ter does not com­ply with re­quire­ments, it will not be awarded schol­ar­ship slots,” Lapeña em­pha­sized.

Lapeña re­cently is­sued the Om­nibus Guide­lines for 2019 Tesda Schol­ar­ship Pro­grams which, among oth­ers, dis­cour­age anom­alies and il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties by im­ple­ment­ing stricter mon­i­tor­ing of train­ing pro­grams, trainees’at­ten­dance, and the em­ploy­ment rate of the scholar gr ad­u­ates.

He also en­sured that the amended guide­lines will in­clude stiffer penal­ties for erring TVIs, as well as Tesda per­son­nel, for which CSC (Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion) rules shall be strictly en­forced.

“I as­sure the pub­lic that dur­ing my watch, as your TESDA chief, our kababayan will not be short­changed and will not be de­prived of the free qual­ity train­ing that they de­serve,” Lapeña stressed. (Press Re­lease)

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