The leader of Innovative Teachers, Stephen Desu, has urged all teachers to boycott the sub-standard TM1 laptop.
According to him, the prices of the laptop have been inflated. In an audio message, the leader indicated that they sense corruption in the procurement of the 280,000 TM1 laptops.
Initially, the cost of the laptop was purported to be Ghc 1,550. Later, a document signed by the President of the Ghana National Association of Graduate Teachers shows that the cost of the laptop will be GHc 1,831.47.
“How can such a sub-standard laptop, which has been mass produced, cost this much?“
“That 30% that teachers will have to pay, you can go to Circle and get a secondhand specification of a laptop which will last longer, which is repairable than the one they want to give you”He went ahead to state that public officials use deals like this to steal from the taxpayers. He urged teachers to avoid the laptops.
“The only way public officials steal from the taxpayer is from deals such as this”
“We are calling on you guys to boycott this laptop. Never receive this laptop and nobody will take our money from the professional development allowance.”
Specifications of the TM1 laptop
The TM1 laptop comes with a 14-inch 720p display with a resolution of a somewhat decent 1366×768, a Celeron N4020 CPU, a 4GB ram and a 256GB SSD storage.
It has an in-built camera and a 5000mAh battery. The laptops will be preloaded with teaching and learning materials to enhance teaching and learning. Click this link for detailed features and first hand impressions of the TM1 laptop.