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SAD: Teachers Paying GH¢ 300 For A 6-Hour Online Workshop

Teachers are being shortchanged by the Ghana Education Service and KA Technologies Ghana Limited for paying more to receive less service from the two.

It has emerged that the Ghana Education Service is organizing a 6-hour training for public teachers across all basic and second cycle schools in Ghana. The proposed online training is scheduled to take place on February 16, 2022, to February 18, 2022.

According to GES, the training is designed to equip teachers with the requisite ICT skills needed to use the e-resources uploaded on the TM1 laptop. Meanwhile, surprisingly, not every teacher has received the laptop as we speak. Currently, as I (Bricy Boateng) write this article, distribution of the laptops is ongoing for JHS teachers, and it is yet to reach primary school teachers which means not every teacher can take part aside those teaching in out or coverage areas. 

Cost of the training 

Per the agreement signed between teacher unions, KA Technologies and MoE regarding the procurement of TM1 laptops, the cost of the laptop includes a workshop component of GH¢300, that money is intended to be used to organize a one-month face-to-face technical training for teachers. 

However, it turned out that the one-month training has been reduced to six hours online training for teachers at the same cost of GH¢ 300 plus cost of data bundles to participate in the training. Let's assume the cost of buying a data bundle for a 2-hour online workshop is GH¢30.00 a day. That multiplied by 3 amounts to GH¢ 90.00. In sum, it is expected that teachers will spend at least GH¢390 for the upcoming training. 

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