ATAG bears teeth with GES over ICT online workshop

Prof. Kwesi Opoku-Amankwa and Mr. Isaac Ofori
Prof. Kwesi Opoku-Amankwa and Mr. Isaac Ofori

The All Teachers Alliance Ghana (ATAG) has bear teeth at the Ghana Education Service (GES) over an online workshop intended to be organized for teachers across the country under the One Teacher One Laptop initiative.

According to ATAG, it is very disturbing to note that, the GES would stoop so low to invite teachers for a workshop, aimed at providing technical training online.

The Association also described the step taken by GES as labour rape since an intended one month training, estimated at GH¢300 per teacher had been shortened for three days online workshop.

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All Teachers Alliance Ghana further indicated that, the laptops that would be used for the online workshop have not been distributed to every teacher in the country.

“Besides, the laptops that will be used for this so-called online workshop have not been distributed to every teacher in the country.

Primary school teachers are yet to receive the laptops and distribution is currently ongoing for JHS teachers. As it stands, there are still gaps unfilled to finish distributing the laptops to the SHS teachers. What it means is that if this so-called online training workshop takes place, many teachers who are yet to receive the laptops will not be able to participate in the training and will be denied their share of their training after deducting GH₵300 from their CPD allowance and pension money” the release stipulated.

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This is coming, after the Ghana Education Service has directed all regional directors of education to make sure teachers within their jurisdictions participate in an online workshop aimed at training teachers on how to use e-learning resources made available to them on the TM1 laptops under the one teacher one laptop initiative.

ATAG further indicated that, should the online workshop happen, more than 120,000 teachers would be denied the opportunity to participate due to the remoteness of their location.

“Again, GES does not know shame when they seem to tell teachers that every part of the country is wired with free internet or has internet access. So we ask GES “how will teachers get money to buy data to stay online for 2 hours to be trained for three days”. Staying online for 2 hours will attract data of not less than 4gig that will cost some GH₵50 (times 3 = ₵150) an additional cost to the poor teacher.

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More boggling is the ability of rural teachers to access fast and reliable internet to join the workshop online. More than 120,000 teachers will be denied this training because of the remoteness of their location. This is very incompetent and visionless of agency players who think that education is a playground for political gain” it further added.

A section of teachers, who identified themselves as members of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) had earlier come out to indicate that, the online workshop was not part of the MoU signed between the GES and the teacher unions under the One Teacher One Laptop Initiative.

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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