Court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by innovative teachers against the government ‘1 teacher, 1 laptop’ policy which seeks to improve the I.T skills of teachers, the Deputy spokesman for the Ministry of Education, Yaw Mensah has said.
The dismissal comes after the group sued the Attorney-General, Minister for Justice of Ghana, the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ministry of Education over the poor quality of the laptops procured for government teachers.
The teacher union in its suit demanded that the sole-sourced contract awarded to K. A Technologies Ghana Limited, be annulled on grounds that it is contrary to sections 40 a, b, c, d, and e of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663).
“The government has failed to publish the details of the contract on the website of the Public Procurement Authority, contrary to section 3 c(1 and 2) of the Public Procurement Act in an attempt to hide the transaction from scrutiny.
K. A Technologies Ghana Limited lacks the capacity to enter into contractual relations with the government of Ghana to manufacture and distribute laptops to all teachers throughout the country,” the group stated in the suit.
It also said K.A does not meet the mandatory eligibility criteria to provide the laptops as outlined in Section III (C) of the procurement of the Information Technology Product document issued by the Public Procurement Authority.
But, Mr Yaw Opoku Mensah, the Deputy Public Relations Officer for the Education Ministry in a post sighted by EducationWeb.com.gh has indicated the lawsuit filed against the laptop initiative has been thrown away by Court.
The Management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) on Friday, December 17, 2021, ended the nationwide distribution of the first phase of the state of the art laptops to Senior High School (SHS) teachers across the country.
Prof Kwasi-Opoku Amankwa, the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service speaking to journalists on Friday said the second and third phase of the distribution process will begin when the next academic year start in 2022.
“TM1 is a world-class laptop built to inspire learning and superior performance. It is provisioned with a custom-built desktop application that delivers electronic learning and teaching content in a user-friendly electronic format.
This makes learning fun and enables equitable access to teaching resources needed by teachers in rural and urban areas. TM1 is every learner’s companion at an exceptional value,” the GES Director-General told the media.