As part of measures to ensure a safe school reopening for final year students in Junior high schools (JHSs), the wastes management giant, Zoomlion Ghana Limited has commenced disinfection of basic schools in the Greater Accra Region.
Collectively, Zoomlion Ghana Limited is expected to disinfect about 4,500 basic schools throughout the capital of Ghana before school resumes on June 29.
The fumigation and disinfection exercise which covers public and private basic schools started on Monday in the Ablekuma North Municipality.
The exercise started off at the Odorkor Cluster of Schools in the Ablekuma North Municipal Assembly and continued at the Odorkor Maclean Basic, Odorkor 4&7 Basic, Odorkor 8 KG & Primary and Odorkor 1 & 5 Primary & Junior High School (JHS).
Private schools that benefited from the exercise included Christ Ebenezer Preparatory & JHS, SDA School among others.
The General Manager for Zoomlion Ghana Limited in Greater Accra, Ernest Morgan Arthur, gave an assurance that all the 4,500 schools would be disinfected before the June 29 reopening date.
His outfit and a team from all the schools swept the school compound before the disinfection exercise began.
“…because of the closure of schools for that long period, most of the schools’ compounds and facilities have become dirty. So, what we do first is that we have Zoomlion workers moving ahead of the disinfection crews to sweep and clean the schools. And after that the disinfection teams come in and do the disinfection,” he said.
At Christ Ebenezer Preparatory & JHS, the General Manager, Mrs. Rita Ofosu, Yeboah, expressed her school’s gratitude to the government and Zoomlion for the exercise.
“This exercise is timely intervention because it is part of measures outlined by the government to contain the virus,” she said.
She disclosed that her school had already held meetings with parents of pupils of JHS and made them aware of their responsibilities to their children in this COVID-19 challenging times.
“…on our part, we have bought the thermometer gun which would be used to take the temperatures of the final-year JHS pupils on a daily basis,” she said.
Though the school started some e-learning for the pupils, Mrs. Ofosu Yeboah indicated that the patronage was low, which did not help much.
“We are also expecting some Veronica buckets and other Covid-19 items from the government, and we have been assured that we will receive them before next week,” she added.
On social distancing protocol, the GM of Christ Ebenezer Preparatory & JHS noted that would not be a problem, explaining that the school has spacious classrooms to accommodate the 30 pupils in a classroom.”
A teacher in charge of the JHS Department of SDA School, Theo Mensah, commended government for including private schools in the exercise.
“We have already met with parents of the final-year pupils and educated them on the Covid-19 preventive protocols. That is not all; we have also resolved to educate the pupils when they report back to school and to ensure that we all adhere to the Covid-19 safety protocols,” he noted.
For his part, a teacher at Odorkor 7 Basic School, Abdul-Wahab Haruna, stressed that the exercise would help keep safe the school’s environment.
He, however, added that it was imperative that both teachers and the pupils observe the safety protocols for “our own safety and that of our loved ones.”
Zoomlion also had crews in the Weija-Gbawe Municipality, where some clusters of schools including the Mallam Cluster of Schools were disinfected.