GNAT commends government for “one teacher, one laptop” initiative

Over 350,000 laptops under the ‘One Teacher One Laptop’ initiative have been given out by the government of Ghana to teachers
Public Relations Officer of the Ghana National Association of Teachers(GNAT), Mr Peter Tetteh Korda, has commended government for launching the “One Teacher, One Laptop” to aid effective teaching and learning in schools.
“The initiative is good and we welcome it because the way teachers teach has changed due to the outbreak of COVID-19, “he said.
He said the pandemic had to a large extent decreased the face to face learning in favour of the online platform, adding that the initiative would help teachers to be in line with the technological space and deliver as expected.
Mr Korda said the laptop would help the teachers to do research and prepare their lesson notes with the aim of improving learning outcomes.
“We as a teacher association are interested in any initiative that will enure to the benefit of members and the students as well, “he said.
He said the initiative would build the needed confidence among the teachers to give off their optimum best and also improve the performance of the students for national growth.
Mr Korda appealed to the teachers to make good use of the laptops, urging them to use it for the intended purposes to enhance teaching and learning in schools.
On September 3, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia unveiled the “One Teacher, One Laptop”  programme at Saint Mary’s Senior High School (SHS) in Accra.
The Vice President symbolically presented four laptops to four teachers from Saint Mary’s Senior High School to begin the distribution of the laptops.
Under the programme, every teacher in the public school from the Kindergarten to the SHS would receive  a computer laptop.
Government will pay 70 per cent of the cost of the laptop while each teacher pays the remaining  30 per cent.
K A Technologies, a locally-based ICT firm, is the manufacturer of the laptops.

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