The Ministry of Education issued a press statement that their attention has been drawn to allegations making rounds online concerning the misrepresentation of fact about the procurement of the one teacher one laptop to pre-tertiary teacher unions (Ghana National Association of Teachers GNAT, National Association of Graduate Teachers NAGRAT and Coalition of concern teachers Ghana CCTGH )
According to the ministry below are the facts about the one teacher one laptop initiative.
? In September 2020, the leadership of the three teacher Unions with membership strength of 350,000 sought funding support from the Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Education (MoE) for the procurement and distribution of 350000 laptop computers for its members
?Following the extensive financial requirement of the project, a cost-sharing between the Teacher Unions and MoE was proposed by the teacher Unions in which the MOE was to contribute 70% of the total cost whilst the remaining 30% is to be absorbed by the teacher unions
? A request for approval to use Single-Sourced procurement process to engage
Technologies Ghana Limited (a company engaged by the teacher unions) for the Supply of laptop computers was made on the 17th of November, 2020 by the then Minister for Education Hon. Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh
? An approval to use Single-Sourced procurement method to engage KA Technologies for the supply of the computers at a unit cost of GHS 1550 in accordance with Section 40(1) (d) of Act 663 as amended was communicated to the Ministry in a letter dated 20 November, 2020.
? Consequently an MOU was signed between the Ministry of Education, the Teacher Unions, and KA Technologies Ghana Ltd towards the acquisition and supply of the laptop computers.
The ministry further explained that the company was originally called NSV Ghana Limited, KA Technology is an indigenous private limited company duly registered and incorporated in Ghana under the Companies Act 1963, Act 179 on the 19th October 2016. The company had a change of name on 13th May 2020.
The ministry concluded by saying that the unit price of the laptop is GH¢1550 and not GH¢1831 as people claimed.