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Education Minister Fingered In $1.2 Million World Bank Scandal



The Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, has been implicated in a $1.2 million World Bank-funded phantom teacher training scheme.

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

As part of its investigation into teacher training as claimed by the Education Ministry, the World Bank wrote to the Director-General of GES to confirm the said training.

In contrast, Prof Opoku-Amankwa stated in a letter that he is “unaware that such training has occurred.”

“GES is unaware of reports and correspondence between the Education Ministry and the World Bank,” according to the letter, and “is unable to respond to the Bank’s request in a timely manner.”

The Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, was also asked in the same letter, dated March 30, 2022, to “advise and provide instructions to enable the GES to respond correctly to the World Bank’s inquiries.”

This confirms reports that, on November 30, the Education Minister, in collaboration with GES, approved the training and requested $1.2 million from the World Bank in response to claims that GALOP had successfully taught over 40,000 teachers.

According to the Education Ministry, teachers received training in three categories: recorded online instruction, physical training, and online/virtual live training.

The Education Ministry’s Chief Director, Benjamin Gyasi, concluded in a letter to the World Bank that the country had “exceeded the target of 40,000 teachers to be educated, insisting that PBC7.2B has been reached.”

According to World Bank sources, this is not the case.

Following receipt of the materials, the World Bank requested in an email letter dated January 7, 2022 that the Education Ministry clarify some of the statistics on teacher training successes.

The clarification asked the “MoE to clarify the difference in course material, arguing that the course does not appear to be the same as the content training set forth in GALOP.”

In a series of questions, the Bank also requested that the “MoE disclose the slides for the training classes, as well as examples of the self-assessments teachers were required to complete, so we have a grasp of the actual material.”

“Does the MoE have any qualitative feedback from teachers who participated in the training that can help us understand whether they believe their distance learning skills have improved?” If so, may they be distributed?” The Bank inquired.

It also requested that the Education Ministry “clarify whether the portal is linked (or if there is a plan to link) to student performance in order to demonstrate the impact/results of the teacher digital literacy portal at the classroom level and to facilitate targeted adaptation of teaching for improved learning outcomes.”

Despite the World Bank’s request that the Education Minister respond by January 14, 2022, he is said to have been silent for nearly four months.

Due to the Education Ministry’s deafening silence, the World Bank wrote to Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, Director-General of the GES, requesting clarification on the Ministry’s claims that GALOP has educated nearly 40,000 teachers.

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North Korea Accuses US Of Setting up Asian NATO



North Korea has accused the United States of setting up a military alliance like NATO in Asia..

According to North Korea’s government, it has been forced to develop stronger defences because of the U.S’ aim to oust Kim Jong Un from power.

The North Korean criticism comes amid concern it could be preparing its first nuclear test in five years and after a recent agreement between South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and U.S. President Joe Biden to deploy more U.S. weapons if deemed necessary to deter the North.

“While blatantly holding joint military exercises with Japan and South Korea, the United States is making a full-fledged move to establish an Asia-style NATO,” North Korea’s foreign ministry said in a statement on its website on Sunday, June 26.

North Korea was referring to recent military exercises conducted by U.S., South Korean and Japanese forces in Asian.

The exercises also involved a U.S. aircraft carrier, the first time one was used in more than four years.

North Korea, which has been conducting regular missile tests this year, repeated its assertion that such drills were preparation for war aimed at overthrowing it.

The United States is insisting that North Korea give up its nuclear weapons and has repeatedly offered to meet North Korean officials “at any time without preconditions” to discuss the issue. North Korea has rebuffed the offers.

The North Korean criticism came a day before South Korea’s president left to attend a NATO summit in Spain, the first South Korean leader to do so.

“This proves the hypocrisy of the U.S. rhetoric of ‘diplomatic engagement’ and ‘dialogue without preconditions’, while at the same time revealing again that there is no change in the U.S. ambition to overthrow our system by force,” the North Korean ministry said.

“The reality … makes us feel the need to make all-out efforts to develop even stronger power to be able to subdue all kinds of hostile acts by the United States,” it said.

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Qatari Sheikh’s €3m To Prince Charles Stuffed Inside Shopping Bags Will Be Probed



A charity watchdog will be investigating the €3million in cash stuffed into bags and handed to Prince Charles by a Qatari sheikh.

The Sun reported that three payments of €1million each, totalling more than £2.5million were accepted by the heir to the throne during private meetings between 2011 and 2015.

Qatari sheikh?s ?3m to Prince Charles stuffed inside shopping bags will be probed

The gifts from controversial Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani were reportedly bundled into a holdall, a suitcase and Fortnum & Mason carrier bags.

Though Clarence House insists all ­correct processes were followed over the donations from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, known as HBJ, it was however stated that the Charity Commission may choose to interview fund trustees.

The Charity Commission can also freeze accounts if it discovers serious wrongdoing, suspend or remove trustees or make referrals to the police.

Qatari sheikh?s ?3m to Prince Charles stuffed inside shopping bags will be probed

A spokesperson said;

“We are aware of reports about donations received by The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund. We will review the information to determine whether there is any role for the commission in this matter.”

It’s understood that the payments will be verified and fund trustees may be questioned before the commission’s next steps are decided.

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said yesterday he was confident the donations would have gone through “proper due process”.

Mr Lewis told the BBC:

“What I have seen is the Palace have been very clear, that all monies go through proper due process, the charities obviously go through proper due process.

“I’m confident having had some dealings with charities, The Prince’s Trust, The Prince’s Foundation, around the Palace in the past myself, that these will have gone through proper due process.”

This is coming after another of Charles’s charities, the Prince’s Foundation, is being probed by police amid a cash-for-honours scandal.

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Chelsea Legend, Petr Čech Leaves The Club As He Steps Down As Technical Advisor Amid ‘Disagreement With New Owner’



Chelsea legend, Petr Cech will leave his role as Technical and Performance Advisor at the club on June 30.

Cech is the latest to leave the club following the Todd Boehly-Clearlake takeover after the departures of chairman Bruce Buck and director Marina Granovskaia.

Cech said: “It has been a huge privilege to perform this role at Chelsea for the past three years. With the club under new ownership, I feel now is the right time for me to step aside. I am pleased that the club is now in an excellent position with the new owners, and I am confident of its future success both on and off the pitch.”

Todd Boehly, chairman and co-controlling owner, said: “Petr is an important member of the Chelsea family. We understand his decision to step away and thank him for his contributions as an advisor and his commitment to the club and to our community. We wish him the best.”

Cech was appointed three years ago to provide advice and guidance on all football and performance matters at Chelsea having played 333 times for the club.

However, according to The Telegraph, part of Cech’s decision to leave his role at Chelsea was based on how much his influence had been diluted under the new ownership.

He reportedly disagreed with Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly over his decision to loan Romelu Lukaku back to Inter prior to leaving.

Cech had acted as a go-between for Chelsea managers and director Marina Granovskaia, playing an instrumental role in a number of transfer and football decisions, notably recommending the signing of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

With Granovskaia’s departure last week, Boehly has taken on the role of ‘interim sporting director’, with both the American and manager Thomas Tuchel now in charge of transfer decisions with Cech sidelined.

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