The Ghana National Association of Teachers wants the government to consider reopening schools in the country if it is able to provide sufficient personal protective equipment (PPEs) to students and teachers.
GNAT says that its members are not willing to risk contracting the novel coronavirus disease whilst working in line of duty.
Adentan/Madina District Vice Chairman of the Assocation, Christian Adinkra, speaking to UniversNews, cautioned that government against rushing to reopen schools.
He says that the Association will have not cause to protest a future reopening of schools if such a decision with emphasis on ensuring that students and teachers are safe.
“If only the so-called decision to reopen school is based on valid science and data that can be inured to the safety of our children and the teachers that is okay by us we cannot take risk with our lives at teachers and our children and so if institutions are talking about the reopening of schools let be sincere to ourselves, so we should not behave like people who do not plan with data,” he said.
Mr. Adinkra also suggested to the government to adopt a shift system schools “that are overpopulated and having difficulties in observing social distance protocols”
When are schools reopening?
Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh says that there are not immediate plans to reopen schools in the country.
He says that the successes in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus will determine the government’s next line of action regarding educational institutions.
In a media interaction, the Minister stated that “we will go back to school if the virus allows us.”
“Depending on the science and data we will reopen schools. We reopened schools for final years as they maintain social distancing,” he added.
Story by: Henry Mensah | universnewsroom.com