Many teachers are pushing for the leaders of the three major teacher unions in Ghana-GNAT, NAGRAT and CCT-GH to absorb the 30% of the cost of the laptop which hitherto was to be paid by them.
According to these teachers, their unions have the solvency to foot the cost of the TM1 laptops which is about GH¢ 560.00 to relieve the teacher the cost burden on them. My engagement with some teachers also suggested that the teacher unions should at least pay half of the money from the monthly dues they pay.
Although the Controller is yet to deduct the 30% from teachers Professional Allowance, the majority of teachers think the time is right for their union leaders to absorb their portion.
The cost of the laptop has been at the centre of many controversies ever since the project was launched by the vice president under the ‘One Teacher One Laptop’ programme at St. Mary's SHS on September 3, 2021. After the back and forth, it was revealed by an executive member of GNAT that the real cost of the laptop was GH¢1550.00.
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