We will address One Teacher One Laptop issues – Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo

The One Teacher, One Laptop policy though commendable has been fraught with so many challenges as some teacher unions have raised issues regarding the policy.

But President Akufo-Addo has assured of his commitment to addressing issues regarding the new initiative introduced by his administration while Speaking at the 6th Quadrennial and 53rd National Delegates Conference of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT).

“I am glad to hear how much you welcomed the supply of the laptops. I promise you that the other related matters of concern will be addressed. The relationship between GNAT and my government is a matter of concern to me, and I will do my very best to promote such a relationship.”

It will be recalled that prior to the commencement of the policy, the government facilitated the acquisition of 280,000 laptops for members of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) this year.

The beneficiaries who are the teachers will be expected to bear 30 per cent of the cost, while the government pays 70 per cent for the laptops that will be provided by KA Technologies.

However, there has been some opposition from some teachers including GNAT members criticising the cost-sharing module in the policy and a lack of transparency.

They have also complained that the policy could mirror the failed RLG partnership to supply laptops to Ghanaian schools.

The Ghana Education Service from the onset of this policy has assured that it has been working closely with the unions as far as the initiative is concerned.

Also, the GES revealed a requirement which states that each teacher is to sign an acknowledgement form stating all personal particulars and also authorizing the deduction of the amount from their allowances.

By: Stella Annan | myactiveonline.com Twitter @activetvgh


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