The Ghana Education Service (GES) following allegations that the TM1 laptops distributed to government teachers are of poor quality has said the machines are equally good as laptops from brands like HP, Dell, Lenovo and Asus.
Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, the Director-General for Ghana Education Service (GES) said this on Monday at an event to distribute the state of the art laptops to teachers at O’Reilly Senior High School in Accra.
“You can not say the TM 1 Laptops are of poor quality simply because they were not coming from any of the known brands of computers, that perception is wrong,” the Director-General told critics on December 14, 2021.
Responding to claims the laptops are costly, he said “even the simplest smartphone does not cost less than GHc 500.00” and that if a “teacher is parting away with such an amount to own a Laptop, that cannot be described as shortchanging the teacher.”
The Deputy Director-General in charge of Quality & Access – GES, Dr Kwabena Bempah Tandoh on his part noted the brand new TM1 laptops were preloaded with teaching resources and aids, including the Curriculum.
Mr Tandoh further disclosed that all teachers would soon be given dedicated email accounts for communication between GES and teachers to avoid the nuisance of fake documents being splashed on social media.
The distribution of the public teachers’ laptops which commenced mid this year at the Senior High School level is expected to end on the 17th of December 2021. The 2nd and 3rd phases will commence in January 2022.
The Management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) on Friday, December 10, 2021, disclosed it has distributed across the country 80% of the 62,000 TMI laptops for teachers in various public Senior High Schools (SHSs).
It said that some 260 Ghana Education Service District ICT coordinators who have been trained with certified Microsoft ICT tools will provide technical support for teachers who will find difficulties in using the government procured device.
“The TM1 laptops have a training component; so far, 260 GES District ICT coordinators have been trained with certified Microsoft ICT tools to provide technical support for teachers,” the Education Service said on December 10, 2021.