The President’s representative at the Education Ministry and a Ghana Education Service (GES) official has announced the government will in due course give all teaching staff of the Service a brand new laptops on credit.
The Director-General of GES in a letter sighted by Educationweb.com.gh indicated the procurement of the teacher’s laptops is on the approval of the teacher unions and forms part of the National Digitization Agenda.
Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwa noted 70% of the cost of the laptop will be absorbed by the government and the 30% deducted from teachers salaries directly from the Controller and Accountant General’s Department.
According to him, the need for each teacher to have one and own it as a “personal asset” has become necessary because all materials needed for effective teaching by the teachers will be uploaded to it.
“The laptops are to be owned as personal assets of the individual teachers, and it is mandatory for each teacher since much of the materials for teaching will be uploaded on them. Thus, to enhance the performance of teachers, the curriculum, Teachers Resource Pack, Continuous Professional Development (CPD), and Professional Learning Communities (PLC) modules as well as the textbooks on core subjects will be preloaded on the laptops”
“Working with the National Teaching Council (NTC), it is intended that the portfolio of teachers towards their professional progression and licensing will be uploaded unto the system to enable teachers to access their build-up online,” the Director-General of the Education Service stated in the release.
It is however unclear when the distribution or procurement of the Ghana Education Service (GES) teaching staff laptop will commence.
The Immediate past Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh who first hinted the provision of the laptops to the teacher unions in a meeting.
“It is my hope that when teachers receive their new laptops, they will become more comfortable in using technology as a tool in an era where blended education is the norm,” he told the leadership of the unions.