Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) has assured the general public of the safety and wellbeing of final year students when they return to schools as directed by government.
Speaking to our correspondent, Franklin ASARE-DONKOH in a telephone interview the National Executive Director of GNACOPS, Mr. Enoch Kwasi Gyetuah, administrators and heads of the various private schools are ready and capable to adhere to the latter all the safety protocols put in place to limit the spread of the novel Coronavirus outbreak.
The President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo in his tenth televised address to the nation on the COVID-19 pandemic yesterday announced a partial re-opening of schools which were closed down in March, 2020 to prevent the spread of the pandemic.
Part of the President’s statement read “From Monday, 15th June, 2020, the decision has been taken, after engagement with the Teacher Unions, whose co-operation I salute, to re- open schools and universities to allow for final year junior high, senior high and university students to resume classes ahead of the conduct of their respective exit examinations. Indeed, final year university students are to report to their universities on 15th June; final year Senior High School (SHS 3) students, together with SHS 2 Gold Track students, on 22nd June; and final year Junior High School (JHS 3) students on 29th June. JHS 3 classes will comprise a maximum of thirty (30) students; SHS classes a maximum of twenty-five (25) students; and University lectures will take place with half the class sizes.”
Answering a question as to whether private schools heads will have any challenges in the implementation of the specific guidelines outline by the president for the safe reopening schools, Mr. Gyetuah said members of the council will have no challenge to implement outlined safety measures.
“I believe none of the schools will have any challenge in implementing the safety protocols guiding the re-opening of the schools at this point in time” he reiterated.
The National Executive Director of GNCPS further explained that with the limited number of students (only third year students), school authorities will have the luxury to practice the mandatory one metre rule of social distancing between students.
“Our number of final year students population ranges from 20 to 80 depending on the size of the school. So for instance with only one stream going to school there will be more than enough classrooms to accommodate the 25 students per class directive given by the president.
Again hand washing facilities, water, soap and sanitizers will be provided to ensure that both teachers and students will not catch the coronavirus” he noted.
Mr. Gyetuah however, debunked the notion the final year students especially the SHS 3 and JHS 3 pupils are going to resume classes purposely to write their exit exams. “The children are resuming mainly finishing their syllabus and also revising all that they have been taught to be fully prepared before they go to write their papers.” He added.
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