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Government’s 280,000 laptops acquisition for teachers laudable – GNAT

The Ghana National Association of Teachers [GNAT] has congratulated President Nana Akufo-Addo over his decision to provide 280,000 laptops to teachers in the country.
President Nana Akufo-Addo delivering his first State of the Nation Address for his second term on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, announced that;
 “I’m happy to announce that the government is facilitating the acquisition of 280,000 laptops for members of Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) this year”.
“I acknowledge that the teacher is at the centre of every reform in the field of education”, the President acknowledged.
He said: “Prioritizing the welfare of teachers remains a key objective of the government”.
“Moving forward, the minister of education will soon detail an action plan for the implementation of the National Teacher Policy”, the President noted.
Reacting to these policies on ORIGINAL NEWS on Tuesday night, the General Secretary of GNAT, Thomas Tanko Musah stated that;
“we will congratulate President Akufo-Addo because since when we began battling COVID-19, one way we could help keep our education on track is teaching and learning online, so it’s in the right directions the plan by president to provide us with laptops”.
“The Ghana Education Service (GES) in an earlier statement on the provision of laptops for teachers revealed that the government has agreed to pay 70% of the cost while the individual teacher pays 30%. These amounts have been agreed upon in consultation with the Teacher Unions” Mr Musah explained. 
The GES said each teacher is to sign an acknowledgement form stating all personal particulars and also authorizing the deduction of the amount from their allowances. It is unclear when the procurement or distribution will start.
Mr Musah, however, noted that; “though we are happy with the policies in the SONA, it is left with the government to put it into action, because, in the first term of Mr Akufo-Addo, he promised to build 1,171 KG blocks but have built just 200 then it means so long as our KG and Primary are weak, our enrollment in tertiary will certainly be weak”.
Ghana since March 2020 had to resort to online teaching and learning since the country began battling the coronavirus pandemic. This is because one common way the virus can be prevented from spreading from an infected person to another is by observing social distancing, this necessitated the decision to resort to online learning.
By: Ernestina Afake | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana

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