EducationGhana| December 23| CCT -GH vs King Ali Awudu: The Coalition of Concerned Teachers – Ghana (CCT-GH) has sacked its acting President King Ali Awudu. indicating his involvement in the infamous Teachers Mate (TM 1) Laptop deal which the Union said it lacks Consultation, Transparency and Accountability.
The Union in a press statement issued on December 22, 2021, indicated that it has experienced unwarranted court cases under the leadership of the current acting president, King Ali Awudu and no attempt have been made to settle issues to free the Union.
”In recent times, the one teacher one laptop has bedevilled the leadership of the various teacher unions across the country.” The statement said.
The Union said there were conflicting reports from stakeholders and the very least they expected from their leader was Transparency, taking cognisance of the economic consequence on the pocket of the Teacher at the centre of this policy.
In addition, the Union indicated that What was now breaking the camel’s back is the TM1 laptop which was initiated by the leadership of the teacher unions including their own current acting president King Ali Awudu without any form of survey and assessment to determine whether all teachers needed the laptop and also the brand and specs.
”There are conflicting reports from stakeholders and the very least we expect from our leader is Transparency taking cognisance of the economic consequence on the pocket of the Teacher at the centre of this policy.”
”What is now breaking the camel’s back is the TM1 laptop which was initiated by the leadership of the teacher unions including our own current acting president King Ali Awudu without any form of survey and assessment to determine whether all teachers needed the laptop and also the brand and specs.” The Union said.
The Union added, that the current acting president, King Ali Awudu and co handed us a deal that lacks consultation, transparency and accountability.
They further indicated, that as of now, no member of the union knows the details of the contract except the reportage on the media
”The current acting president, King Ali Awudu and co handed us a deal that lacks consultation, transparency and accountability. As of now, no member of the union knows the details of the contract except the reportage on the media.” They said.
”We elected leaders to be accountable to us.it is unacceptable to hear such news only from our leaders.”
Use of Tier 2 Funds
The Union was moreover not happy with the use of its tier 2 funds to pre-finance the purchase of the laptops which they described as uncalled for.
”The usage of our tier 2 funds to pre-finance the purchase of the laptops is uncalled for. This transaction brings to light the defect of the leadership.” They said.
The Coalition of Concerned Teachers believed the contract was suspicious, adding that stakeholders like CAGD, GES and MOE have all stated certain facts with respect to the one teacher, one laptop
”The contract is suspicious, stakeholders like CAGD, GES and MOE have all stated certain facts with respect to the one teacher, one laptop.” They said.
The Union also said it was not surprising to hear the Communication Director of their own Union, Mr Adokwei Ayikwei Awulley, the mouthpiece of our current acting president, insulting all teachers in an interview on a Television program, stating that teachers can leave the teaching service if they do not want the laptop.
”The communication director was not chastised by the acting president king Ali Awudu on this issue, a clear indication of his support. Arrogant posturing” The statement said.
The Union also posed the following questions in regard to the Laptop deal;
- Was there any consultation among members?
- Any data to prove the above if yes?
- Why use our tier 2 contribution to transact such a dubious business contract?
- Was there any communication as to the usage of our tier 2?
- Who told the leadership all teachers needed laptops?
- Are they aware that deductions have been made to that effect?
- Are the leadership now with their press conference forcing the laptop on teachers?
Will the members of the union be right if they accuse the leadership of being selfish?
- Will the leadership blame the members of the leader if we tell them that they did that for their selfish gain?
”Ladies and gentlemen of the press, with all these issues and other serious internal matters hanging on his shoulders, we are making it clear to all stakeholders and the public that we can no longer work with Mr King Ali Awudu as our acting president.”
Henceforth, he ceases to be the acting president of the union and no third party should deal with him directly or indirectly. Doing so will be at your own peril.” The Union said.
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