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All Teachers Alliance Ghana stages protest against one teacher one laptop initiative

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The All Teachers Alliance Ghana has staged a protest against the one-teacher-one-laptop initiative initiated by the Ghana Education Service.

The aggrieved teachers embarked on this protest on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at the Independence Square in Accra to demand a refund of their monies deducted for the laptops.

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Speaking with UniversNews earlier, the chairperson of the group Isaac Ofori says the poor quality of the laptop and the noncompliance to set timelines are the reasons for the protest.

“We realized that the major issues that we have raised so far have not been addressed either by GES, Minister of Education, or the Teacher Unions who went into the negotiation. So, what fundamentally we are saying is that the deduction itself has not been the one that we think how it was done was not right.

That was the first thing that we saw because you realized that these laptops are yet to be distributed tho, GES has come out to give us some assurance in a means of commitment that they are going to distribute these laptops and close by January all primary teachers are going to get these laptops.

We don’t think that they are committed enough because early this year we were made to understand that by October these laptops would be distributed among all teachers across the country. So, the first thing is that why do you have to come and deduct our monies before you come and give us laptops. We have also raised questions about the quality of these laptops whether they are fit for purpose.”

Meanwhile, some teacher unions say the laptops provided by the government are of poor quality and are not fit for the purpose.

However, at the handing over of these laptops at O’Reilly Senior High School on December 13,, 2021, Director-General of the Ghana Education Service Professor Opoku Amakwaah rejected the criticism and said that the laptops are of high quality.

It’s the brand name that is different and we also have a special reason for making that brand name different. When you put the same brand or you give the same brand to them as what is on the market, you are likely to have those things.

I mean we are working with human beings so we are likely to have some on the market that may not be as the quality that we have provided slipping into the distribution process and we believe that giving it a unique brand name will help us in a way as a security measure. We also went to the table and then we saw how the processes that they go through to collect it. As I have also indicated the KN technology has given two years warranty.”

Teachers in the country from kindergarten to Senior High School are to be given laptops under the one teacher, one laptop policy.

The program, according to the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, is aimed at bridging the ICT gap between teachers in urban areas and their colleagues in rural areas.

Launching the program in Accra on Friday, September 3, 2021, the Vice President said the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic affected teaching and learning due to the unavailability of technological equipment.

Dr. Bawumia said the government will do all it can to sustain the program.

The Vice President also announced recent decisions taken by the government to make the teaching profession attractive.

President Akufo-Addo initially announced the government’s plans to procure some 280,000 TM1 laptops for teachers to augment their work in his State of the Nation.

Per the deal, the government will pay 70% of the cost of GHS1,550 with the teachers’ paying 30% through deductions from their salaries.

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Source:universnewsroom.com

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