The leadership of Innovative Teachers, a Pre-Tertiary Teacher Union under the Ghana Education Service (GES) has instructed its members, including al Teachers in Ghana, to reject a supposed 30% payment of the total cost of the laptop to be distributed to Ghanaian Teachers.
The leadership in a statement regarding the distribution of the laptops at a cost said, that most of the time when citizens complain about the conditions of service of persons categorised as article 71 officeholders, the beneficiaries point to the Constitution.
”One cannot fathom but wonder why GNAT NAGRAT and CCT agreed such a bad and illegal deal with government to supply laptops to teachers.” They said.
According to Innovative Teachers, the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) did not serve the interest of teachers as far as this matter was concerned.
”The Labour Law (ACT 651) section 9(a) specifically tasked the employer to provide the machinery, equipments and tools needed by the employee to work. The laptop is a major ICT tool needed by teachers to enhance their work.”
”It is trite knowledge that most teachers were trained in ICT through theory with minimal or no practical ICT skills.”
”INNOVATIVE TEACHERS is pointing to the labour law as its justification for calling on the government to supply the laptops free of charge to teachers.”
”The laptops are meant to enhance teaching. We are calling on teachers to reject the cost-sharing as far as the laptops are concerned because the labour law imposes an obligation on the employer of teachers to supply the laptops free of charge. What is good for article 71 officeholders is equally good for teachers under section 9(a) of the Labour Act.” The Union indicated.
About the Laptop
Teachers at the Pre-tertiary schools are expected to receive a Government of Ghana supported laptops to aid their works in the implementation of the New Curriculums being introduced by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment ( NaCCA).
A meeting between the Pre-tertiary Education Teacher Unions and the Ghana Education Service concluded, that the Government if Ghana should pay 70% of the total cost of the laptops while the Teachers pay the remaining 30% of the cost of the Laptop.
It is being reported, that the Total Cost of each laptop is GHC 1550.00
The Laptops are said to be ready fo distributed to teachers on a cost-sharing basis of 70% by the government and 30% by teachers.
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