The Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) has promised to work extra hard to safeguard the lives of students on their respective campuses.
The assurance follows the reopening of schools across the country, after President Akufo-Addo’s announcement on Sunday, January 3, 2021 in his 21st televised address on the COVID-19.
Speaking on Campus Exclusive, General Secretary of the group, Kwame Owusu Adiomi, indicated that school managements are being engaged to enforce strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.
“I believe that the kids are better managed because they are under the care and the eagle eye of teachers while in schools. The most important thing is that we need to educate the students whether there is a pandemic or not. I want to assure parents that their wards are safe with us,” he said.
He further revealed that the administrations of various schools are reusing the old personal protective equipment as they are yet to take delivery of the new PPEs promised them by the government.
“Some of the Veronica buckets got spoilt in the course of using them in the previous year but I think we can be using the remaining ones. For now, we will make use of them while expecting new ones from the government for this academic year,” Mr. Adiomi added.
Some advocacy groups have already called on the government to suspend the reopening of schools. For Africa Education Watch, preparations are not at par with the level to ensure the safety of students.
Meanwhile, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has commended the government for its bold decision to reopen schools after several months of closure due to the coronavirus.
Story by: Eli Djomekou | universnewsroom.com