Group petitions CHRAJ over cost of teachers’ laptops

A pressure group known as Innovative Teachers has petitioned the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), over the cost of 280,000 laptops being procured by government for teachers.

In his State of the Nation Address, President Akufo-Addo disclosed that his government will procure some 280,000 TM1 laptops for teachers to augment their work.

“I’m happy to announce that the government is facilitating the acquisition of 280,000 laptops for the members of Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), and the Coalition for Concerned Teachers (CCT) this year.”

“I acknowledge the teacher is at the centre of every reform in the field of education,” he added.

A look at the deal indicates that 70% of the cost of GH¢1,550 would be paid by the government and 30% by the teachers.

However, the founder of Innovative Teachers, Stephen Desu, says they sense acts of corruption in the procurement of the laptops.

The group suspects the prices have been inflated.

“We served them notice of a complaint, and we are invoking the original jurisdiction of CHRAJ as in investigating suspected acts of corruption. Our suspicions tend, on the fact that we are producing 280,000 laptops and one would have thought that the number ought to have come with some level of relief for the taxpayer in terms of the cost and the 30% to be paid by teachers. So we think that the cost of GHS1,550 is on the high side. So we suspect the cost has been inflated.” he said.

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