One Teacher One Laptop: GES announces new cost of laptop against that of the Ministry

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EducationGhana, September 10, Laptop: The Ghana Education Service (GES) has announced a new cost of the famous ”One Teacher, One Laptop” Initiative against the cost being issued by the Deputy Education Minister.

The GES in a statement issued on September 9, 2021, indicates that the total cost of the Teacher Mate 1(TM1 ) Laptop per one is GH¢1,831.47.

The GES said the government absorbed GH¢1,282.30 While each teacher will pay GH¢549.44.

The GES added, that the teachers’ portion will be deducted from their Continous Professional Development Allowance (CPD) when paid and would be a one-off deduction.

Deputy Education Minister Rev John Ntim Fordjour has said that the exact cost if the One Teacher One Laptop initiative is GHC1,550.00

He made this revelation on Face to Face with Umaru Sanda on Citi FM on September 7, 2021.

According to a memo by the Coalition of Concerned Teachers to its members on September 6, 2021, The laptop costs GH¢1,550 and teachers are to pay 30% (Ghc 465) of the cost (Ghc 1,550)

The 30% shall be deducted from this year’s Teachers professional allowances and not from teachers’ salaries. The professional allowances are to be paid by September or October 2021.

 

NAGRAT’s Cost

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has released 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.

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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.

Teachers can register HERE for their laptops

 

 

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