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AMA college might be held liable for ghost scholar scam – ACT party-list Rep. Castro

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Officials of the AMA Computer College (AMACC) may face criminal charges over the Php 9.3 million ghost scholar scam which was recently uncovered by the Commission on Audit, according to a party-list lawmaker.

ACT Teachers Partylist Rep. France Castro raised the possibile liability of AMACC after Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Manila paid for the scholarships of alleged fictitious scholars who were supposed to be enrolled with the school.

“Bakit sika nakipag memorandum of agreement sa hindi qualified at walang capacity na provider (AMA)… ‘di rin ligtas ang AMA rito sa liabilities,” said Castro.

In the said COA report, 77 of the supposed scholars told state auditors that they were actually students of the Fairview campus but based on the official documents from TESDA, they actually came from AMACC’s Sta. Mesa branch.

The report further revealed that the scholars never attended a separate TESDA scholarship training on software development using JAVA, since it was already among their regular subjects. Yet, they were instructed to sign attendance sheets, scholarship vouchers and identification cards.

Castro stressed they are still studying the COA report although the issue might be brought up as Lower House is set to conduct inquiry over the implementation of the K-12 program.

The partylist solon said the Department of Education should be aware of TESDA’s partnership with private firms.

“Ito n nga ba ang isang danger sa voucher system. Malqamang maharap sa graft and corrupt practices ang TESDA Kung confirmed ang report, dapat imbestigahan ang TESDA,” said Castro.