The Ghana Education Service has revealed that names submitted for the free Teacher Laptop project included fake names with fake IDs.
A statement by the GES asked District Directors of Education and Headteachers to validate the list sent and warned that such actions constitute fraud.
“The attention of the Management of Ghana Education Service has been drawn to the fact that some Metro/Municipal/District Directors of Education in submitting the name of teachers for the laptops have added names of persons who do not qualify, including non-teaching staff and retired or separated staff.
“The indications are that in some instances some strange names have been added with fake staff IDs. District Directors of Education are requested to ask Headteachers to be responsible for the names being submitted. District Directors of Education and Headteachers are reminded that such conduct constitutes FRAUD.
“All District Directors of Education are therefore requested to validate the list which has been sent and submit an updated list by close of work on Tuesday, 31st August 2021.”
The Ghana Education Service in May this year took delivery of two hundred and eighty thousand laptops to be distributed to teachers across the country.
As part of government plans for a teacher to own a laptop, the government has taken seventy(70) percent of the cost of the laptops. Teachers are to pay the remaining thirty(30) percent for a period of twelve(12) months.
The laptop project is one of the measures by the government to promote digital literacy among teachers and students, Ghana Education Service will organize in-serve training for teachers on digital literacy.