The ministry of education under Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh introduced the one teacher one laptop initiative in 2020. Under this initiative the Government intended to provide each teacher at pre tertiary level a laptop at a reduced price. According to the ministery the specified laptop cost GHC 1800.00 in open market. The Government agreed to absorb 70% of the cost while the teacher pays just 30%.
The vice president Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia launched the initiative with the current minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Adutwum this year. So far a good number of the 350,000 membership from the three teacher unions have received their laptops.
But some teachers have been complaining bitterly about the quality of the machines given to them. According to some of the teachers, the laptops have very low speed and memory. They argue that the machines cannot serve the purpose of which they were bought.
On New Day show on TV 3 this morning, a deputy communications director to the ruling party, Mr. Richard Nyamah told those teachers to go an buy their own laptops if they do not want the one Government is giving to them. He was responding to teacher who complained about the poor quality of the machines when he made that statement.
“Any teacher who doesn’t want the laptops can go and buy his own. Johnnie, where on earth will you get a laptop for GHC 1800?. But the government has provided this for you at GHC 500 and all you can do is complain”, the national youth organiser hopeful told the host.
But Hon. Alhassan Suhiyini who was a co penalist rebuked him for showing arrogance.
According to the NDC legistor, he had prayed to God to remind him always to be humble no matter how far he goes in life. He told his brother that the statement was not in good taste hence he should withdraw. But the NPP communicator refused insisting that he still stand by his words.
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