The Ghana National Association of Teachers, GNAT has said that all teachers in most parts of the country have received their TM1 customized laptops excluding those in the Ashanti region and two districts in the Oti region who have not received the laptops yet.
Additionally, the mother of all teacher unions at the pre-tertiary education level has promised that its outfit will make sure every teacher receives his laptops across the country.
The General Secretary of GNAT, Thomas Musah, during a tour of the Volta and Oti Regions revealed that the distribution of laptops to teachers in junior high schools has begun nationwide and that the laptops transferred to some districts in the Volta Region would not be enough per the statistics given.
However, he noted that the association will work assiduously to ensure that every teacher who was deducted the money from source at the Controller And Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) gets his laptop eventually.
Significantly, GNAT has assured their members that leadership will negotiate for befitting salaries, while implementing policies to enhance the livelihood of members.
Teachers worried about long delay in laptop distribution
In a related development, countless teachers are unhappy with the way the laptops are being distributed; many are those who have still not received their laptops at the basic level. You will be surprised to know that a handful of teachers at the second cycle institutions have still not received the laptops, even though the distribution commenced last year at the public senior high schools.
Worst of it all is that no primary school teacher has received the laptop (allegedly) even though it was rumored that they would receive the laptop computers starting from March 2022. That put aside, at the JHS level, less than 50 percent of teachers have received the government subsidized laptops. These and many more issues are begging for answers, and the GES and the teacher unions are yet to address teachers’ concerns.
The one teacher, one laptop project was initiated by the government of Ghana for promoting the use of ICT tools by teachers and the infusion of modern technology into the teaching and learning of lessons in the classroom. The laptops numbering over 280,0000 pieces were procured in a cost sharing of 70:30 where the government funded 70 percent whereas teachers paid the remaining percentage. The project was launched in September 2021 by some high-profile government officials.