Ghost training, scholars discovered as Lapeña starts crackdown at TESDA

TESDA

Public Information Unit

News Release

18 February 2019

Ghost training, scholars discovered as Lapeña starts crackdown at TESDA

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority 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 ghost 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 graduates.

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. (END)

TESDA

Public Information Unit

News Release

18 February 2019

Ghost training at scholars, natuklasan sa pag-iimbestiga sa TESDA

Nadiskubre ng Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) ang 28 technical vocational education and training (TVET) programs na may mga insidente ng mga ghost trainings at ghost scholars sa Central Luzon at sa tatlo pang rehiyon.

Ito ay bunga ng tatlong buwang masusing imbestigasyon sa mga operasyon ng lahat ng accredited TESDA training schools sa bansa na ipinagutos ni Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña noong siya ay matalaga sa pwesto noong Oktubre nang nakaraang taon.

Matatandaang agad na bumuo ng Investigation Committee ang administrasyon ni Lapeña hinggil dito dahil na rin sa ilang reklamo ng katiwalian at korapsyon, lalo na sa mga probinsya. Mabusising imbestigasyon ang kasalukuyang isinasagawa sa lahat ng TESDA training centers at schools upang masolusyunan ang mga ito.

“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,” ani Lapeña.

Base sa resulta ng imbestigasyon ng binuo niyang Investigation Committee, mayroong 62 rehistradong programa ng mga technical-vocational institutions (TVIs) na lumabag sa mga regulasyon ng TESDA.

Nakatuon din ang imbestigasyon na isinagawa ng Ahensiya sa siyam na kategoriya. Ilan dito ay ukol sa mga isyu ng ghost trainings at trainees, labis na paniningil ng bayad, at kakulangan ng mga inspection at re-inspection reports.

Nakumpirma ang mga kaso ng ghost training at trainees sa ilang rehistradong technical vocational and education training programs — 13 mula sa Central Luzon, tig-7 sa Region I at Region IV-A, at 1 sa Metro Manila.

Ang mga natuklasang training schools ay may dalawa o higit pang mga kaso ng ghost trainings at listahan ng ghost trainees.

Mayroon ding lumutang na siyam na kaso ng iligal na paniningil ng mga bayarin sa mga trainees at scholars na lantarang pagsuway sa mga panuntunan ng TESDA scholarships.

Apat sa mga kasong ito ay mula sa Region I, tig-2 mula sa Region IV-A at Region VI, at isa mula sa Region VII.

Hiningan na ng pahayag ang mga TESDA Regional Directors na nakakasakop sa mga nasabing lugar hinggil sa mga isyu ng anomalya.

“Appropriate criminal charges will be filed against those who are involved in these serious offenses as warranted,” giit ni Lapeña.

Samantala, ang ilang training schools naman na may ilang minor violations ay pinaalalahanan na sundin ang mga regulasyon at binalaang kakanselahin ang accreditation kung hindi tatalima rito.

Kaugnay sa naging resulta ng isinagawang imbestigasyon, nagpatupad si Lapeña ng mas pinaigting at mahigpit na pagsusuri sa mga rehistradong training schools at centers at mas masinsinang  proseso sa pagkumpirma sa mga magpapa-accredit.  

“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,” diin pa ni Lapeña.

Inilabas din ni Lapeña kamakailan ang Omnibus Guidelines for 2019 TESDA Scholarship Programs, kung saan, upang maiwasan ang mga  anomalya at ilegal na gawain, ay magpapatupad ng mahigpit na pagususuri sa mga training programs, trainees’ attendance, at ng  employment rate ng mga nagtapos na scholars.

Tiniyak din niya na  ang amended guidelines ay magbibigay ng mas mabigat na kaparusahan para sa mga tiwaling TVIs, pati na rin sa mga empleyado ng TESDA, kung saan ang polisiya at panuntunan ng CSC (Civil Service Commission) ay mahigpit na ipatutupad.

“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,” diin ni Lapeña. (END)

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