The Executive Director of Africa Education Watch, Mr. Kofi Asare has told all Ghanaian teachers to channel their grievances and reservations to their union leaders in the midst of the One Teacher One Laptop intiative brouhaha.
He took to his Official Facebook page on Saturday 4th November 2021 to add his voice to the uproar made by teachers about the money deducted from their accounts.
He said "Your caring leaders went to negotiate a deal for and on your behalf, so you could own a laptop. Two of them signed the MoU with the company (KAT Ghana), and I have no reason to believe they signed under duress."
The Executive Director of Africa Education Watch added that if teachers have got any reservations, the deal is not imposed on them; it is voluntary, according to their employer, per attached. " You only pay if you receive the laptop. So why this plenty complaints on social media when you have leaders? ". He asked.
According to his post If someone is forcing the laptop on on teachers, they should please talk to their leaders and stop the social media cry.
He questioned that "If you can’t engage your own leaders, how can you approach your employer?" As far as he Kofi Asare is concerned, this laptop deal is a family matter. He added.
To back up his claims that the laptop was not imposed on teachers, Kofi Asare uploaded a letter to prove.
In the letter provided it seeks to clarify that three teacher unions, National Association of Teachers ( GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers ( NAGRAT) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana (CCT-GH) jointly negotiated the laptop package for its members.
The Ghana Education Service was only mandated by the Ministry of Education to facilitate the programme.
"Probably, what the complainants under reference in this letter can do to assist, is to submit the list of their members to the Ghana Education Service (GES) so that they are not provided for, under the scheme." The letter uploaded by Kofi Asare concluded.
In related development, GNAT has said that it will address it's members on their concerns raised about the TM1 Laptops.
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