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One Teacher, One Laptop, Kick Start

Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia Friday launched the "One Teacher, One Laptop" initiative to facilitate lesson planning, teaching and learning outcomes.

Ghana would not be left behind in the fourth industrial revolution era and would leverage on ICT tools to accelerate socio-economic development, he stated at the ceremony in Accra.

 

Every teacher in the public school from the kindergarten to the senior high level would receive a computer laptop each.

Government would pay 70 percent of the cost of the laptop, while each teacher pays the remaining 30 percent.

Vice President Bawumia performed the launch of the "One Teacher, One Laptop" programme at the Saint Mary's Senior High School, in Accra.

 

He symbolically presented four laptops to four teachers of the Saint Mary's Senior High School to begin the distribution of the laptops.

A total of 71 teachers at the School received a laptop each.

KA Technologies Ghana Limited, a locally-based ICT firm, is the manufacturer of the computer laptops.

The TM1 computer laptops have store of e-books and users could access other relevant teaching materials electronically.

 

The launch attracted key stakeholders in the education sector, including teacher unions, directors of education, managers of educational institutions, teachers and students.

Vice President Bawumia said the initiative was at the heart of the President to improve teaching and learning performances towards attaining the Sustainable Development Goal Four.

He said teachers were indispensable to building the human capacity of the nation and government was committed to providing the requisite ICT tools and infrastructure to achieve education transformation and socio-economic development.

He noted that the Fourth Industrial Revolution was highly dependent on ICT skills and knowledge, therefore, the government would equip teachers to access teaching and learning resources to improve performance.

 

Dr Bawumia said the 21st Century required the blend of face-to-face and virtual teaching, especially with the emergence of COVID-19 pandemic, and that government would support those efforts by providing the necessary tools and infrastructure to achieve that vision.

GNA

Additionally, he said, the Government had provided free wifi to 722 senior high schools to ease access to learning materials online.

The Vice President said Ghanaian students abound with IT talents as two senior high schools - Prempeh College and Mamfe Methodist Senior High School - won Robotics and Coding World Championships recently.

Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Education Minister, in brief remarks, said the launch was in fulfilment of the government's promise to equip teachers with ICT tools to enhance performance and socio-economic development.

 

The Minister thanked the Ghana Education Service and teacher unions for collaborating with the government in making the programme a reality.

Madam Omolara Olakunmi, the General Manager of KA Technologies Ghana Limited, for his part, said education and technology were two key ingredients that held the future of the nation.

This was because education was a beacon of light whilst technology was an enabler that expanded the frontiers of knowledge to achieving greater heights.

She lauded the digitisation agenda of the government to making teaching and learning easier and improving the lives of Ghanaians.

Ms Phillipa Larsen, President of Ghana National Association of Teachers, on behalf of the teacher unions, thanked the government for fulfilling its promise to teachers, saying that the laptops would improve methods of imparting knowledge and lesson planning.

"It's a dream come true and would enhance performance in the classroom," she added.

Ms Larsen asked the beneficiaries to ensure proper maintenance culture to prolong the longevity of the laptops.

Conference 2022: Press Release

 

 

 

 

GHANA NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS (GNAT)                  

6TH QUADRENNIAL (53RD) NATIONAL DELEGATES CONFERENCE

The National Council of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) announces for the information of its members, stakeholders and the general public, the organisation

of its 6th Quadrennial (53rd) National Delegates Conference at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), from 2nd – 9th January, 2022.

Theme:

“GNAT @90; SURVIVING AS A RELIABLE AND VIBRANT TEACHER UNION IN THE 21ST CENTURY”

 Highlights of the Conference Agenda include:

  1. Formal Opening: E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

                                     (President of the Republic of Ghana)

  1. Keynote Address:   Prof. Emmanuel Adow Obeng

                             (President, Presbyterian University College Abetifi)  

  1. Election of National Officers of GNAT:

Pursuant to Article 23(1)(c) of the Constitution and Rules of GNAT as amended in 2018, the underlisted positions (which would fall vacant by the tail end of the conference) are hereby advertised.

  • National President
  • National Vice President
  • National Treasurer
  • 1st National Trustee
  • 2nd National Trustee

 

  1. Investiture of National Officers.

 

  1. Filing of nominations starts from 1ST SEPTEMBER, 2021 AND CLOSES ON 30TH SEPTEMBER, 2021.

Interested GNAT members may pick the nomination forms from the GNAT Headquarters or Regional and District GNAT Secretariats, or download

them from the GNAT Website or the GNAT Social Media Platforms.

 Five (5) Copies of duly filled Nomination forms shall be submitted by the  candidate at Room 15, GNAT Headquarters - Accra ONLY and in PERSON.

 

THOMAS TANKO MUSAH

(GENERAL SECRETARY)

 

ABENA GYAMERA

(NATIONAL GNATEC CHAIRPERSON)

 

Dated: 30th August, 2021

 

Click on the link below to download nomination form

https://ghanateachers.com/news-media/downloads/category/1-gnat-statements

 

 

 

 

3 teacher unions want incident-free WASSCE

By: Emmanuel Bonney

 

Three teacher unions have called for a smooth conduct of this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for school candidates devoid of malpractices.

According to them, stakeholders including invigilators, supervisors, candidates, parents, teachers and officials of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) should all collaborate to ensure the sanctity, credibility and integrity of the examination  which begins with Oral English throughout the country tomorrow, September 1, 2021.

The General Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Mr Thomas Musah, the President of the National Association of Graduates Teachers (NAGRAT), Mr Eric Carbonu and the Presdent of the Coalition of Concerned Teachers-Ghana (CCT-Gh), King Awudu Ali, made the call in separate interviews with the Daily Graphic on Monday.

Candidates

A total of 446,321 final-year SHS students are writing the 2021 WASSCE for school candidates across the country. They are made up of 221,437 males and 224,884 females from 965 public and private second cycle institutions.

The 2021 WASSCE statistics available to the Daily Graphic indicate that the public schools are 651 while the private ones are 314.NThe examination, which began with the project work last Monday, will have the written papers taking off on September 1, 2021. A total of 763 supervisors will be at the 763 centres to invigilate the examination.

GNAT

Mr Musah congratulated the candidates and wished them a successful examination.

“We are aware that the going has been tough, arduous and tempestuous, yet as the saying goes — when the going gets tough, the tough keeps going. Again, no lasting glory is won without struggle. That Ghanaian students have withstood all odds and gone through the system shows the zeal and resilience in them, and we congratulate them for these sterling qualities,” he said.

He said the time had come for candidates to make themselves, their teachers, parents and all stakeholders proud and expressed the hope that they would live up to the task since they had to safeguard their future by excelling.

NAGRAT

Wishing the candidates well, Mr Carbonu, for his part, said it was the expectation of NAGRAT that this year’s WASSCE would be conducted in an atmosphere of peace devoid of examination malpractices.

“We also take the opportunity to encourage all our teachers administering the examinations to conduct themselves professionally.

“We also call on the officials of WAEC to ensure that security is adequately provided for both students and teachers during the examination,” he said.

CCT-Gh

Mr Ali, who also wished the candidates the best in the examination, expressed the hope that they would come out with flying colours.

“As a yearly ritual, we would caution that they desist from any form of examination malpractice that has the tendency of getting their papers cancelled. But the most important thing is about our teachers. It is the wish of every teacher to see his/her student pass,” he said.

 
 
 
 
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Food shortages hit some Senior High Schools - GNAT

By: graphic.com.gh

 

The General Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Thomas Musah, says some Senior High Schools (SHSs)

in the country have been hit with food shortages.


He said the schools are mostly found in the Eastern, Ashanti, Northern, and Volta regions.

According to him, the situation, if not remedied, could affect the health of the students in the affected schools. Speaking on Accra-based Citi FM on Tuesday, August 31, 2021,
he said making the issue public was not intended to bring anybody down or to make the government unpopular. For him, making the issue public was to court the attention of all key
stakeholders, particularly duty bearers, including the President and the sector minister to help address the situation.

"We need to do something to help our children," Mr Musah noted, adding "We need to do something to ensure that these children pass and pass well."

He said how the students are fed is not the best, saying “the conditions under which our children are learning is not the best."
For him, the posture taken by some duty bearers that there is not food shortages affecting schools in the country will not help to address the situation, and that the issue needed to be addressed urgently.
"We cannot compromise on the health of our students," he said, pointing out that the leadership of GNAT is doing everything possible to ensure that the schools have enough food supplies.

GNAT donates GHS154,000 to 7 science-based Colleges of Education

The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), has presented a total of GHS154,000.00 to seven Science-based Colleges of Education in the country.

The gesture from the teacher union is to aid the schools to improve the training of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education in Ghana.

 

Colleges of Education have relied on government support to equip their institutions to adequately train teachers who will be spearheading the teaching of STEM in basic and second-cycle schools.

This support over the years has been inadequate.

GNAT is hoping the donation will be used to equip these institutions to train more  STEM-based teachers.

 

The beneficiary schools are :

  • St. John Bosco’s – Navrongo, Upper East Region
  • Kibi – Kibi, Eastern Region
  • Bagabaga – Tamale, Northern Region
  • Wesley – Kumasi, Ashanti Region
  • St. Francis – Hohoe, Volta Region
  • Nusrat Jahan Ahmadiyya – Wa, Upper West Region
  •  OLA – Cape Coast, Central Region.

Making the donation, the General Secretary of GNAT, Thomas Musah, indicated that each school has been given a sum of GHS22,000.00 to enable them to take care of infrastructure/science equipment, laboratories, and other needs.

He stated that Section 4 of the Colleges of Education Act, 2012, requires the Colleges of Education, to among others, set up well-equipped resource centers where staff, students, and serving teachers will be assisted to acquire skills in making and using teaching and learning materials for effective classroom teaching and develop close relationships with professional teacher organizations for professional development.

 

Mr. Thomas Musah added that “It is also worthy to note, that Article 3(1g) of the 2018 amended GNAT Constitution enjoins the Association to assist the Colleges of Education.”

 

“It is within this framework of friendship, commitment to the cause of Education in the Colleges of Education, and in Ghana’s schools in general, and demonstration of our welfare that the Ghana National Association of Teachers is going to the listed Science-based Colleges of Education with a total amount of GHS154,000.00. We hope the donations would be used for their intended purpose, and GNAT looks forward to just that.”

 

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