Teachers need their arrears paid, not laptops – EAI

Contrary to The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) positive reception to government’s decision to provide teachers with laptops and is looking forward to the 280,000 technological devices, the Educate Africa Institute (EAI) has quizzed its immediate benefit to teachers when government owes them money.

The Chief Executive Officer of Educate Africa Institute (EAI), Mr. William Boadi in a radio interview with Accra based Hot 93.9 FM, Wednesday, challenged the relevance of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s promise of free laptops for teachers.

He argued that, in order of priority, you take care of your needs first before you attend to your wants.

Mr. Boadi who admitted that the laptops were good, however, quizzed that, “how will a teacher whose rent is due pay their rent if they do not have money?… Certainly, they cannot pay with laptops.

“Teachers need their arrears and not laptops.” He emphasized.

He therefore appealed to government to take steps to pay monies it owes teachers first before providing them with free laptops.

President Akufo-Addo, delivering the State of the Nation Address in Parliament on Tuesday, announced that government was facilitating the acquisition of 280,000 laptops for members of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) this year.

According to reports, 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.”

According to the GES, 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 however unknown when the procurement or distribution will begin.

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