The Conference of Heads of Private Second Cycle Schools has lauded the government on its decision to reopen schools across the country.
They are hopeful that students will be able to pick up from where they left off when the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, announced the closure of schools following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
General Secretary of the group, Joseph Dzamesi, also commended the government for including private schools in its fumigation exercise ahead of the earlier return of final year students.
“We are very happy with the President’s announcement on directives as students come back from the 18th of January. We are hoping that when that happens we are able to catch up, especially the second years they are so past time, they will be able to catch up with work and help them get ready for WASSCE.”
“We want to commend the government for including private schools in the earlier fumigations that took place across the country. Before the final years came back to school, both private and public schools were fumigated at government cost. Private schools did not have to bear that cost, even when it came to the distribution of the PPEs.
Ahead of the reopening of schools later this month, Joseph Dzamesi, has appealed that the government once again includes private schools in the national disinfection of schools.
“Although nothing has been communicated to us yet, we do expect the government to follow the same line and ensure that students who attend private schools also come back to a safe environment. We are hoping that the government will contact us soon and offer the same package they offered to public schools to private schools,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) has also welcomed the government’s decision.
President Akufo-Addo, in his 21st national address on efforts taken by the government in the fight against Covid-19 on Sunday, January 3, 2021, announced that it was safe for students in Basic, Junior High and Senior High schools to return for academic activities.
From 15th January, our children in kindergarten, primary and Junior High, in both private and public schools, will be back in school. All SHS 1 students will start classes from 10th March, with all students embarking on a single-track academic calendar. Their seniors in SHS 2 and SHS 3 will, however, return to school from 18th January. I must stress that SHS 3 students in all schools, like SHS 1 students, will no longer run the double track system. The expansion of infrastructure at the various senior high schools, over the last three (3) years, has brought us to this favourable situation. However, the double track system will still be applicable to SHS 2 students in schools that are employing it.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor | universnewsroom.com