The Ghana Education Service (GES) says the Mate 1 laptops given to teachers in public schools across the country under the ‘One teacher, One Laptop’ initiative are state of the art machines and represents a global brand.
The Education Service comment comes after some Ghanaians including teachers who have registered displeasure with the government project described the laptops ‘toys’ indicating they are of low quality and below standard.
“The TM1 is a world-class laptop built to inspire learning. It is provisioned with a custom-built desktop application that delivers electronic learning and teaching content presented in a user-friendly electronic format,” GES stated.
GES said the quality of the laptops makes learning fun and enables equitable access to teaching resources needed by teachers in rural and urban areas. The ebook and learning application it noted is designed to work offline and online
The Vice-President of the Republic, His Excellency Mahamudu Bawumia on behalf of the central government on Friday, September 3, 2021, launched the ‘One teacher One laptop’ programme at St Mary Girls SHS, Korle Gonno.
Speaking at the launch ceremony, His Excellency the Vice President, Mahamadu Bawumia said all teachers from KG to SHS will receive one Teacher Mate 1 (TM1) laptop to enhance the provision of quality education to the Ghanaian child.
He underscored that effective teaching and learning is critical to developing the human capacity for work, innovation and creativity; necessary ingredients for capacity building.
“Teachers are indispensable pillars to this necessary capacity building. This initiative, in collaboration with the Teacher Unions, is to support the vision of GES of creating an enabling environment to facilitate effective teaching and learning.
The government will provide teachers in Ghana with laptops preloaded with educational materials and with access to an E-Library equipped with books recommended by the GES on the various subjects,” Dr Bawumia stated at the event.
The materials, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s right-hand man indicated can be accessed whether online or offline and with free Wi-Fi available in 722 Senior High Schools (SHSs) across the country.