As part of efforts to ensure a safety environment for teaching and learning as final year students return to school, the government says that it will conduct a fumigation exercise in all educational institutions.
This exercise is expected to be completed by June 15, the date announced by President Akufo-Addo that all schools should reopen for final year students.
This was disclosed by the Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh whilst addressing the press on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 press briefing.
Additionally, he said that students and teachers will be given personal protective equipment (PPEs).
“The government has decided that all these institutions should be fumigated against the COVID-19 before the schools reopen. We are starting from the tertiary and non-ministry of education and training institutions. The universities have provided most of these things for themselves but those who are having problem working through the national council of tertiary education, government is going to support them with face masks,” he said.
The Education Minister also indicated that it was collaborating with the Health Minister and the Ghana Education Service to embark on a sensitization exercise in schools to ensure that the safety protocols outlined by health officials were adhered to and maintained in the educational facilities.
President Akufo-Addo in his Sunday May 31, 2020 address to Ghanaians on new measures taken by the government in the COVID-19 fight announced that schools could reopen for final year students so they can prepare for their exit exams.
Explaining further why the government will take such an action whilst recorded positive cases were surging, the Education Minister said that it was to deal with the probable excuse by some that they could not partake in online academic activities because of internet challenges.
“This is to forestall an incident where a student will come out and say ‘where I live there is no internet and I could not even hear the announcement of universities so I could not submit my assignment and I could not do anything. We give them the chance to come to school to complete.” he said
On the matter of foreign students who may have traveled to their home countries after schools were asked to close down, the Minister said that special arrangement would be made for them to ensure to enter the country despite the closure of the countries borders.
“Then there is a subset or group who are foreign students who are participating in the online system. If there is a foreign student who escaped the lock down, in order words they have left the country before the closure of our borders, we have requested for their passport details to be forwarded to us through their Vice-Chancellors and the National Council for Tertiary Education so that of the can fly back. The immigration will open the borders for them to come. But if they do come, they will be quarantined for two weeks before they will be allowed to go and complete their academic works,” he added.
Story by: Eli Djomekou | universnewsroom.com