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Private school teachers set to receive laptops from government.

The government’s one-teacher one-laptop computer initiative designed to equip teachers with information communication technology (ICT) skills to improve teaching and learning outcomes would be expanded to cover private school teachers.

Deputy Education Minister, the Reverend John Ntim, said this would be done as resources became available.

The assurance comes amid complaints by teachers in the private schools that they have been excluded from the initiative. He gave the assurance at the sixth Edify Leadership Institute conference.

The event is held annually to train and build the capacity of teachers in the private schools. This year’s event brought together private school teachers, administrators and proprietors.

Also, in attendance, were policy makers in education, end educational regulatory bodies including – the National Teaching Council, National Schools Inspectorate Authority and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment.

Under the one-teacher one-laptop initiative, launched by Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, every public-school teacher – from kindergarten to the senior high school is going to be provided with a laptop.

Seventy (70) percent of the cost of the laptop computer would be paid by the government and the remaining 30 percent borne by the teacher.

This would be settled through monthly salary deductions. The Rev Ntim said there was not much problems with the private schools and that was why they were starting with the public schools.

He used the occasion to underline the government’s commitment towards transforming the country’s education with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as the main thrust.

They were determined to promote analytical and problem-solving learning.

In line with this, they were construction 20 STEM schools across the country and said 11 od these would be ready, come next year. Edify Institute, a not for profit non-governmental has been providing support to low-fee paying private schools across the world.

In Ghana, it has been working with 970 private schools. This is going to be expanded to 1,500 schools by September, next year.

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