Government To Provide Teachers With laptops

A teacher giving his students their first hands-on computer lesson (Photo by Ryan Yingling via eifl)

The government of Ghana through the Ghana Education Service (GES) has announced plans to secure laptops for all teachers in the country.

The GES Director-General, Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa who announced this in a letter to teacher groups said the development is in consultation with all the teacher unions and each teacher must compulsorily have one and own it as a “personal asset.”

Per the letter, the government will pay 70% of the cost of the laptop while the teachers pay the 30% themselves through deductions from their salaries directly from the Controller and Accountant General’s Department.

According to the GES, all materials needed for effective teaching by the teachers will be uploaded to it, and it makes it very useful especially within this period of COVID-19.

“Working with the National Teaching Council (NTC), it is intended that the portfolio of teachers towards their professional progression and licensing will be uploaded unto the system to enable teachers to access their build-up online.”

“Government has agreed to pay 70% of the cost while the individual teacher is to pay 30%. These amounts have been agreed upon in consultation with the Teacher Unions,” GES said.

It is unclear when the procurement or distribution will start.

The GES added that each teacher is to sign an acknowledgement form stating all personal particulars and also authorizing the deduction of the amount from their salaries.

source: CNR

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