The nationwide distribution of TM1 laptops to government school teachers across the country will be completed in mid September, 202, the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, Prof Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa has said.
Speaking on UTV’s Mpu ne Mpu show monitored by AcademicWeek, Opoku said his outfit has completed distribution of the Mate 1 laptops to beneficiary public Senior High School and Junior High School teachers in the country.
According to the Education Service Director-General, out of the 62,152 TM1 laptops procured by the central government to be distributed to Senior High School (SHS) teachers, 62,052 successfully had been issued.
“For the basic school teachers, we have scheduled to complete the laptops distribution in the middle of September. We are currently issuing to teachers in Savannah, North East and then to Upper West, East and Northern region,” he stated.
In a related development, the Ghana Education Service (GES) says processes are underway for each government school teacher to be provided with a dedicated email account in the next academic year starting mid-January 2022.
Dr Kwabena Bemapah Tandoh, the Deputy Director-General in charge of Quality & Access of the Ghana Education Service disclosed this at the TM1 laptop distribution exercise at the O’Reilly Senior High School in Accra on Monday.
The purpose of the dedicated email accounts he said will enable communication between Ghana Education Service (GES) and teachers in the country easy to reduce the nuisance of fake documents being splashed on social media.
“Teachers would soon be given dedicated email accounts for the purposes of communication between the Service and teachers to avoid the nuisance of fake documents being splashed on social media,” the GES official told teachers.
Mr Kwabena Bemapah Tandoh indicated that the state of the art brand new Mate 1 laptops given to public Senior High School (SHS) teachers are preloaded with teaching resources and aids, including the curriculum.
Presenting the laptops to O’Reilly SHS teachers, the Director-General of GES discounted the perception that the TM 1 Laptops are of poor quality simply because they were not coming from any of the known brands of computers.
Prof Opoku-Amankwa reacting to claims the laptops are expensive said 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 is not a big deal.
“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 Director-General noted.