During the COVID-19 lock down when schools were shutdown, Teachers proposed for a laptop through their Union leaders for digitization of Education. The government agreed to supply teachers with laptops with payment agreement. The government agreed with the teacher unions to pay thirty percent of the cost of the laptop whilst government pay the remaining seventy percent of the cost. The distribution of the laptops to the teachers begun immediately after the launch by the vice president, Dr. Mahmoud Bawumiah.
The Deputy Minister of Education Reverend John Ntim Fordjour on the face to face television show on City TV stated that, the cost of the is One thousand five hundred and fifty cedis.
Government is paying One thousand and eighty- five Ghana cedis, teachers will pay Four hundred and sixty-five Ghana cedis. This amount will not be deducted from teacher's salary. The 30% cosf of the laptop to be paid by the teachers will be deducted from the professional development allowance that was introduced by government in 2020.
Government is paying all the professional teachers one thousand two hundred Ghana cedis per annum, deducting four hundred and sixty five Ghana cedis from the professional development allowance will not have any impact on the teacher's salary.
The host of the show Umaru Sanda asked the Deputy Minister, some schools have no electricity, what will be the use of the laptops? The Deputy Minister responded by saying that, there are seven hundred and twenty two Senior High Schools in the Country and the schools have electricity and internet facilities.
Government has requsted that Electricity Company of Ghana(ECG) to reconfigure schools with a prepaid meters to postpaid meters which will be paid by the government.
According to the Deputy Minister of Education, the curriculum for the Colleges of Education has been restructured to make the study of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) compulsory course for the teacher training institutions, this will help teachers to acquire Knowledge and skills in the use of Computer. COVID-19 has taught us lesson, the need for digitization in our schools is very important, making ICT compulsory in teacher education will provide teachers with digital literacy. Some basic schools in the country have electricity and internet installed, the Ministry of Education is taking measures to digitized education in the country.
The host aske the Deputy Minister of Education, if teachers in the basic schools will also be provided with the tablets, the Minister assured teachers in the basic schools, the distribution of the laptop is for all teachers in the public schools.
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