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GNAT to hold a press conference on Tuesday over alleged TM 1 Laptop thievery deal

General Secretary of GNAT, Mr Thomas Musah
EducationGhana| December 03| GNAT: The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT)  is set to0hold a press conference on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, over the alleged TM 1 Laptop thievery deal.
The General Secretary of GNAT, Thomas MNusah in a memo to its members on December 3, 2021, indicated, that the press conference shall seek to address the concerns of members of GNAT regarding the laptop deal.
”Dearly Beloved GNAT Members, please we have taken notice of concerns on the “One Teacher One Laptop Project”. All concerns will be addressed through a press conference on Tuesday 7th December 2021.”

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Background

The government accepted a 70 -30 percentage cost-sharing deal to procure laptops to a contradictory 280,000 and 350,000 teachers at the pre-tertiary education levels.

The President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Angel Agbe Carbonu has said that it was not the duty of Teacher Unions to discuss with the government the type of Laptop to be given to teachers.

Angel made this revelation on Dwaso Nsem on Adom 106.3 FM in Accra on September 6, 2021.

During the phone-in discussion, the NAGRAT boss said the majority of teachers were happy with the government initiative to support their work with laptops in the current technological trends in education.

Cost of Laptop

Though Mr Carbonu was unsure of the exact cost of the laptop at the time of the interview, he later came out with a press statement to announce the exact cost of the Teachers’ Mate 1 Laptops.

The Unions in a letter drafted by the President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) Angel Agbe Caebonu on September 6, 2021, indicated, that the One Teacher One Laptop Project was the intervention of the three Unions.

According to him, the three unions suggested to the government to provide laptops to all teachers to aid in effective teaching through the application and use of ICT.

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Conditions and Terms

He added, that the Government through the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service headed to the call of the Unions under some under listed conditions and terms.

  1. That Government will facilitate the acquisitions of the laptops
  2. The GES will ensure effective distribution of the Laptops
  3. That there will be cost-sharing as follows;

a. Government paying 70%

b. Teacher Paying 30%

  1. That the teacher’s 30% component will not be deducted from the teacher’s salary but paid through the professional allowance allocations.
  2. That the computers provided become the property of the individual teacher.
  3. That the Company KA. Technologies provide Training and after-sale service to the teachers.

Breakdown of Cost

The breakdown of the Prices are as follows

  1. Government GH¢1,282.03     –      70%
  2. Teacher        GH¢549.44      –        30%

Total                 GH¢1,831.47    –      100%

 

Confusion

It is not clear how much the laptops cost since there has been contradicting costs being communicated by all stakeholders.

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