A stakeholders’ consultative meeting on the reopening of schools amidst the COVID-19 protocols has been held in the Upper west Regional capital, Wa.
The meeting was convened to deliberate on the best strategies to put in place for the reopening of schools to enable final year students to be well prepared for their examinations.
GBC’s Emmanuel Mensah-Abludo says the meeting was told that the partial reopening of schools has been necessitated by the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic will be with us for a long time and that life must go on.
The Regional Minister, Dr Hafiz Bin Salih pointed out that the increasing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases with 48 people losing their lives to the disease should not demoralise and put us in panic mode.
He stated: “Let us take consolation in the fact that 3,824 persons have also recovered fully from the disease.”
“It is also worth informing you that the Upper West Region, the confirmed COVID-19 cases are 23, of which 21 have fully recovered and re-integrated into their communities. It is gratifying to note that no person died of COVID-19 disease in the Upper West Region.”
“This is a clear testimony that the strategies and measures put in place by the government of Nana Akufo-Addo are yielding positive results,” Dr. Salih emphasised.
The Acting Regional Director of Education, Godfrey Dongyeru, tasked all teachers to come aboard to ensure proper physical distancing.
“All teachers must be on board. You just don’t leave the work onto the form three teachers alone. If someone is handling form two, you can bring him on board to support. Take it that we have just two maths teachers in form three if you split, we will still need an extra hand so we can co-opt someone from the form two class to support. So, all teachers should be on board. The same for the junior high schools, not only the form three teachers, all teachers should be on board, all those teaching at the JHS level, where necessary we can even move some from the Upper Primary to support so that we can have proper social distancing.”
Mr. Dongyeru stressed the need for monitoring to be reinforced.
Dr Bin Salih commented on the disinfection exercise being undertaking by Zoomlion Ghana Limited in schools in Upper West and assured the company of the necessary assistance.
The Upper West General Manager of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Emmanuel Volsuuri announced that the disinfection exercise will take place in eleven tertiary institutions, 804 basic schools, 702 public schools and 102 private schools in the Region by deploying 850 sprayers and appealed for support from district directors of education and MDCEs.
Some of the issues that came up were disciplining of final year students, screening of students for COVID-19 before being accepted back to school and sensitisation of students and parents to know what is expected of them in this abnormal time.
Story filed by Emmanuel Mensah-Abludo.