Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, on May 27, announced a plan to supply laptops to senior high school students, effectively replacing traditional textbooks.
This bold initiative has sparked a flurry of reactions on social media, with users expressing a mix of excitement, skepticism, and concerns about the implementation and potential impact on students.
He said this at the 60th Anniversary celebration of the Hohoe Evangelical Presbyterian Senior High School.
Supporters of the plan highlight the potential benefits of equipping students with laptops, emphasising the importance of technological literacy in the digital age.
But other social media users are convinced of the plan’s feasibility or efficacy. Skeptics raise concerns about the potential cost of implementation, especially in a country with limited resources.
They argue that funds could be better allocated to other pressing educational needs, such as improving infrastructure or providing teacher training.
This seems a bit unnecessary and sounds very expensive.
A Library with computers makes more sense than individual laptops.
We really need to stop these money draining initiatives than we never think through properly https://t.co/94rZW0k0ZS
— Efo Dela (@Amegaxi) May 28, 2023
Many are also questioning the progress of the ‘One Teacher One Laptop’ which the Vice President launched two years ago.
Talk is cheap; more than 2years after this government forcefully deducted monies from the salaries of teachers for laptops government claims are subsidized
Ask how many teachers have received those laptops?¿ https://t.co/ExifckJTCz
— Eugenics (@AduaAduaeugene1) May 28, 2023
Find more reactions below:
With the lack of consistent electricity yeah. Ok big man https://t.co/9E6PAtABMH
— Andrea Yankah (@AndreaYankah) May 28, 2023
Shelter then food sef be wahala yet it’s laptop you want give them. How’s that even sustainable https://t.co/L8UIt3rYvy
— Kojo Bruce® (@_kwansa) May 28, 2023
shs students getting laptops is a really good thing. if you can get even 10% of them to vscode more than Netflix, it’s a win. https://t.co/kew1LwgJlF
— alinafe (@that_SandemaBoy) May 28, 2023
The teachers dema laptops sef dem no supply finish… 3 yrs this https://t.co/QHSlinbGgt
— FBE (@bansah_frank) May 28, 2023
is he aware the teachers at the primary level are yet to receive their TM1 laptops? https://t.co/JmyQvVTfh9
— Costero (@soldja23) May 28, 2023
Smh. Here’s his track record as a vice president. Don’t bring to me how his governance will be any different.
How’s this laptop project sustainable? Do we have the money to keep replacing spoilt laptops? Will these students be allowed to take the laptops to their dorms? https://t.co/lfDyQUyXId
— Big Joe (The Bookseller) (@BigJoeBooks) May 28, 2023
Bawumia has done it again. 1 SHS student, 1 laptop. Yɛnkɔɔɔɔɔɔɔ https://t.co/MXQbodzDhS
— The Awakened Conscience (@musqoo_official) May 28, 2023
Source: Ghana News