His Excellency the President of Ghana, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has pledged to address teachers’ concerns on the government’s ICT initiative popularly known as “One Teacher One Laptop”.
The first gentleman of the land revealed this at the 6th Quadrennial National Delegates Conference of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) in KNUST hall, Kumasi in the Ashanti Region held on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.
Following concerns raised by two new teacher unions—Innovative Teachers and All Teachers Alliance Ghana (ATAG) about the whole deal being shrouded in the suspicion, the matter which seems to end after the court ruling in December last year has been rekindled by the President. The two teachers union were slapped a fine of GHC 15,000 by the court at the end of the ruling.
Since then, some level of peace have been restored in the profession concerning the “One Teacher, One Laptop” Project. However, one cannot predict if the two teacher unions will appeal to a higher court on the said matter.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Education Service has revealed that the first phase of the distribution of the laptops has been successfully carried out, pending the second and third phases. In the first phase, more than ten thousand (10,000) laptops were distributed to teachers in the various public senior high schools across the country. The second phase continues when the basic schools reopen. That is when junior high school teachers will have the opportunity to receive theirs, followed by those in the Kindergarten and Primary levels, probably before the end of first term in April 2022.
According to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the leaders of the three major teacher unions – GNAT, NAGRAT and CCT-GH and the Ministry of Education, KA Technologies Ghana Limited is tasked to produce 280,000 pieces of Teachers Mate 1 laptops (TM1) in the first year and also offer other services to teachers which include IT training and device servicing in the second year of the contract. So far, the manufacturer, which has its factory in Ghana, has been training IT Coordinators in the various public senior schools.