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Chairman Of GNAT: The Cost of TM1 Laptop is GH¢1,550 Per Contract, Not GH¢1,831.47

The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has said that the unit cost of the government’s One Teacher One Laptop Initiative is GH¢1,550 per contract, not GH¢1,831.47 as being speculated by the Ghana Education Service(GES).

The Central Regional Chairman of GNAT, Rev Dr Isaac Owusu has said on authority that the unit cost of the laptop is GH¢1,550. He made this statement on Live FM on September 8, 2021.

The Contract

According to him, the contract document he has chanced upon indicated that the contract was signed between the Ministry of Education and the supply but not the GES. So he was surprised that the GES could bring figures that contradict the actual cost of the laptop.

He further indicated that the Ministry of Education was responsible for the business communication in terms of the laptop purchase unless the GES communicates the same information for or on behalf of the Ministry.

Other Unions

Rev. Dr. Isaac Owusu said it was unfortunate teacher Unions were contradicting themselves on the communication of the exact cost of the laptop because the unions were supposed to speak on the laptop issue with one voice. He has assured members of GNAT is his region (Central Region) that should deductions exceed 30% of Ghc1,550, his outfit will take those behind it on.

Deductions

The GNAT Chairman further cautioned that the Union shall not allow the GES to deduct its members on any there cost apart from the contractual cost of GH¢1,550.

Contradictions

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has announced a new cost of the famous ”One Teacher, One Laptop” Initiative against the cost being issued by the Deputy Education Minister.

The GES in a statement issued on September 9, 2021, indicates that the total cost of the Teacher Mate 1(TM1 ) Laptop per one is GH¢1,831.47. They said the government will absorb GH¢1,282.30 while each teacher will pay GH¢549.44.

Deputy Education Minister Rev John Ntim Fordjour has said that the exact cost if the One Teacher One Laptop initiative is GHC1,550.00. He made this revelation on Face to Face with Umaru Sanda on Citi FM on September 7, 2021.

According to a memo by the Coalition of Concerned Teachers to its members on September 6, 2021, The laptop costs GH¢1,550 and teachers are to pay 30% (Ghc 465) of the cost (Ghc 1,550)

NAGRAT

This teacher union also estimated it's breakdown cost as follows;

Government GH¢1,282.03 – 70%

Teacher GH¢549.44 – 30%

Total GH¢1,831.47 – 100%

 The Brouhaha of the TM1 laptops continues. Who is telling the truth?

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