Social psychologist, Dr. Wiafe-Akenten, has advised management of various educational institutions to organize COVID-19 safety precautionary orientation for students as they prepare to receive final years.
This he hinted will help maximize efforts to contain the spread of the virus in schools.
The University of Ghana lecturer is also advocating for schools to adopt strict measures that will ensure that students adhere to the safety protocols
He says that these could even to go to the extent of expelling recalcitrant students.
His comments come on the back of the president’s directive in his 10th address to the nation that all final year students of educational institutions to return to school to complete their exit examinations.
“The administrations of the various schools should put in measures so that aside from what the ministry will do, the administrations should also organize orientations in smaller numbers adhering to the required safety protocols to inform them of what is expected of them,” he said.
Dr. Wiafe-Akenten also sided with the National council of Parent – Teachers Association’s plea to allow boarding students use phones in school.
This, he says, will enable students stay in touch with their parents and guardians since with the new directive, parents cannot visit their wards when in school.
“The reason why they prevented them at that time is the fact that it was distractive to students. But now they need to at least for this short period so that since they are not going to be visited, they can be in contact with their parents/guardians”.
Story by: Seyram Abbdallah | universnewsroom.com