Teacher Laptop Initiative (TLI)
Since the Teacher Laptop Initiative (TLI) was announced in a Government Gazette in May 2009, the project has dragged on unsatisfactorily.
15 February 2012 Minister Motshekga stated :
â€œ We will turn the Teacher Laptop Initiative into an effective tool for entrenching Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in teaching and learning, in line with the White Paper on e-education. There were challenges in the initial roll-out which we are ironing out in consultation with unions. An announcement will soon be made.â€
In her Budget Speech on 17 May 2012 the Minister of Basic Education said:
â€œImplementation of the Teacher Laptop Initiative is back on track with more teachers enabled to access this resource. Work on a new funding model, procurement and administration processes to strengthen the initiative is going very well and during the latter part of the year we will be making what we think is a very exciting announcement. â€œ
There has been no consultation with the unions nor has there been any announcement by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) since these statements were made by the Minister.
As far as NAPTOSA is aware, the TLI has been referred to National Treasury for consideration and once Treasury has completed its deliberations on the funding of the TLI, the DBE will be in a position to provide more information. There has been no indication as to when the DBE will make an announcement.
There are service providers / dealers operating in some provinces who are selling (or attempting to sell) laptops to teachers with the assurance that the purchase contract for the laptop is part of the TLI and that teachers will receive financing from the provincial education department.
NAPTOSA wishes to advise teachers to check with their provincial departments regarding the financing of the purchase of the laptop and not to rely on the word of the salesperson.