The Ghana Education Service (GES) has put on hold its plan to offer basic ICT training to teachers via the internet.
The training, which would be conducted using computers supplied to teachers as part of the one-teacher, one laptop plan, was projected to cost GH300.
Some teacher unions, like the All Teachers Alliance Ghana (ATAG), have expressed concerns that the decision will not achieve its intended goal because most teachers have yet to receive their laptops.
They also stated that due to a lack of internet availability, instructors in rural locations may not be able to benefit from this training.
The Ghana Education Service, however, stated in a press statement obtained by Citi News on February 10, 2022, that it will continue to consult with important stakeholders to develop a new timeframe.
“The Ghana Education Service (GES) would like to tell you that the online ICT training for the One Teacher One Laptop project, which was slated for February 16, 2022, has been postponed.”
“GES will have more considerations and negotiations with KA Technologies and Microsoft to come up with a new date and schedule.”
In response to the statement, Albert Dadson, the General Secretary of the All Teachers Alliance Ghana, praised GES’ decision. As a result of the multiple issues that come with online training, they are pricing the service to completely eliminate it.
“We applaud the GES for taking notice of teachers’ difficulties, but they should not just suspend online training.” Because we want physical sessions, the online sessions should be completely eliminated because some teachers have yet to receive their laptops”?
The union also stated that the business should only create a fresh timeline if the training will be conducted in person rather than online.