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Aggrieved teachers within the Ghana Education Service (GES) have hinted of hitting the streets soon.

These are teachers whose monies have been deducted but have since no received their Teacher’s Mate 1 (TM1) laptops to hit the streets to fight for what is rightfully theirs.

There is a seeming smoke emanating from across the country concerning the controversial One Teacher, One Laptop Policy by which was introduced by the Ministry of Education under the Governance of He Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in November 2021.

According to the teachers, should the Ministry of Education together with the Ghana Education Service (GES) fail them this time round, it will no longer be condoned like previous ones.

Although the majority of teachers whose GHC 549. 44 were deducted as 30% of the cost of the laptop, there are a lot more teachers who are yet to receive.




Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press.
We have gathered you here this morning, to let the whole world know our side of the story, through you, following the rumpus that has risen over the One Teacher, One Laptop project.


It could be recalled that H. E. President of The Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his 2021 State of the Nation address acknowledged the teacher as the centre of every reform in the field of education. He then announced that Government was facilitating the acquisition of two hundred and eighty thousand. laptops for teachers.


Before this anouncement, the Ghana National Association at its September 2020 Launch of its Research work the Impact Assessment of COVID-19 on the Education Sector in Ghana: The Perspectives of GNAT, advocated for the One-Teacher-One-Laptop. This advocacy was laid before the National Council of GNAT at its annual general meeting between 30th September – 3rd October, 2020, at Kumasi, and was adopted and subsequently included in the Communique which asked Government to expedite action on the One Teacher, One Laptop project, to enhance efficient delivery in the classroom.

NAGRAT and CCT-GH, had also engaged their Councils on the One Teacher. One 1 laptop proiect.


Following this, the three Teacher Unions (GNAT, NAGRAT and CCT-GH) discussed how they could strive for the project, with a Collective Voice. From this point, the Teacher Unions continued their engagement with the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service (GES), on the subject matter.

This led to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as a sign of commitment that Government will fulfil its promise to teachers.

Subsequently, Messrs K.A. Technologies Limited was recommended to the Ministry of Education in their consideration of suppliers for the One Teacher, One Laptop project which was included in the MOU.


Initially, the Teacher Unions advocated for the full cost of the laptops to be borne by the Government of Ghana. However, upon several days of negotiations and deliberations, Government agreed to bear 70% of the Cost and the Members 30%.

This was for the supply of Two Hundred and Eighty Thousand (280,000) laptops as well as provision of technical support, maintenance, training and equipping pre- tertiary teachers to provide virtual teaching and learning for their students.

The Unit Cost of the Laptop was GhC1550 with the 30% component of the teacher to be paid from the annual Continuous Professional Development Allowance.

Ladies and Gentlemen, this was our level of involvement in the One Teacher, One Laptop project. The rest of the processes of procurement, award of contract, financing and distribution were done by the Ministry of Education and the GES.


This done, the Ministry of Education proceeded to the Public Procurement Authority to request for Approval to use single source to engage supplier for the supply of Laptop Computers for Pre-tertiary Teacher Unions across the Country.

This was per a letter Ref.FA1010/331/01, dated 17th November, 2020, to which approval was granted,  Procurement Authority’s letter, Ref. PPA/CEO/11/2996/20, dated November, 2020, signed by Frank Mante, Ag. Chief Executive and addressed to the Hon. Minister, Ministry of Education, Accra.


On 25th November, 2020, the Minister of Education, signed a letter captioned Notification of Award of Contract for the Supply of Laptop Computers for Pre- tertiary Teacher Unions Across the Country, Ref. FA101/331/01 by the Ministry of Education, IFT NO GR/MOE/GD/SS/0050/2020, addressed to the supplier.

Furtherance to this, the contract was signed on 21st December, 2020 between the Ministry of Education and KA Technologies, with the Chief Director, Ministry Education signing for and on behalf of the Ministry.


On 11th February, 2021, a Laptop Computer Pre-financing Agreement was entered into between the Ghana Education Service (Acting on Behalf of the Ministry of Education) and the Ghana Education Service Occupational Pension Scheme (GESOPS).


We wish to state that per the pre-financing agreement between GES and GESOPS the cost per teacher is GH¢549.44 as a result of the 18.16% interests rate on the GH 465.00

The price further reduced to GH 509.00 due to the intervention of the Unions and Minister of Education, who indicated the 18.16% cannot be charged on the entire 30% (GH 465) portion of the Teacher.

Thereafter, the Ghana Education Service, in a letter to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, stated that the 30% of the cost of the laptop (worked) up to Five Hundred and Nine Ghana Cedis (GH 509.00).

The presumption was that this statement by the GES was on behalf of the Ministry of Education.

1. In the light of the above and recognizing the pressures on the Ghanaian teacher, leadership is appealing to Government through the Ministry of Education to absorb the interest charges on the 30% that had accrued from the GESOPS pre-financing.

2. We again demand from the GES to ensure that by close of day Friday, 31″ December 2021, all teachers deducted monies for the laptops would be supplied the said laptops.

Philippa Larsen, National President, GNAT


Thomas T. Musah, General Secretary, GNAT (0243532235)

Angel Cabonu, President, NAGRAT (0244665065)

King Ali Awudu, President, CCT-GH (0208967598)

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