Absorb Interest Rate, Supply Laptops To Deducted Teachers- Teacher Unions

The leadership of the three teachers’ unions involved in procuring laptops for pre-tertiary teachers has called on the government to take up the interest rate borne by teachers in securing the laptops.

It has also directed the Ghana Education Service to make the laptops available to teachers whose monies have been deducted in the name of the 1T1L, by 31st December 2021.

The pleas were made during a press conference organized by the leadership of Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), and Coalition Of Concern Teachers Ghana (CCT-GH).

The unions emphasized that they had no hand in awarding the contract to K.A Technologies, financing, and distribution of the policy.

According to them, they were only active in engaging the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service on the idea of 1 Teacher 1 Laptop, signing a Memorandum of Understanding, and agreeing on cost-sharing with the government.

Some teachers belonging to the various teacher unions in the country raised concerns about the 70-30 percent payment policy of 1T1L initiative after the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) released a communiqué on the whole arrangement and the terms of payment.

Some have described the laptops as sub-standard.

The Innovative Teachers and the All Teachers Alliance Ghana (ATAG) in March, petitioned the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to investigate the government and the three teacher unions’ over procurement of the 280,000 laptops for their members.

In November, Trade Unions, Innovative Teachers, and All Teachers Alliance Ghana (ATAG), jointly sued the Ghana Education Service (GES), the Attorney-General, and the Education Ministry over a move to award a contract on the initiative to the 1st Defendant, K.A Technologies Ghana Limited, it is reported.

Additionally, All Teachers Alliance Ghana (ATAG) has scheduled Wednesday, December 15 to hit the streets to protest the government’s decision to deduct an amount of GH¢509 from the teachers’ professional development allowance as payment for the one-teacher, one laptop policy.

Source: Fuseini

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